Bond reduction denied for man caught with alleged kidnapped minors in York County

YORK – A bond reduction has been denied for an 18-year-old man from Pueblo, Colorado who remains in York County custody in a case that involves the alleged kidnapping of two minors, possession of a stolen vehicle, making terroristic threats and tampering with witnesses in York County.

David Willingham appeared in York County District Court before Judge James Stecker this past week, asking for his $100,000, 10% bond to be reduced. Judge Stecker denied the request.

Willingham earlier pleaded not guilty to seven felonies.

The case began when troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol were on regular duty on Interstate 80, in York County. According to court documents, they stopped a vehicle driven by Willingham because he had a non-working headlight.

When troopers were talking with Willingham, they were informed the vehicle he was driving had been stolen in Colorado. They were also informed Willingham had a warrant with full extradition in Colorado and an active protection order.

Willingham was arrested for the stolen vehicle.

At that point, troopers were assisted with deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Department. It was discovered that the minor occupants in the vehicle were classified as missing from Colorado. It was also determined that one of the occupants of the vehicle was the person Willingham was legally ordered to stay away from.

Willingham has pleaded not guilty to the following charges: two counts of kidnapping, both Class 1A felonies; making terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony; theft with a value between $1,500 and $4,999, a Class 4 felony; three counts of tampering with witnesses, all Class 4 felonies.

A jury trial has been set for late August.



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