Man caught with missing children in York County gets probation

YORK – David Willingham, 18, of Pueblo, Colorado, who was caught with two children reported as missing in Colorado during a traffic stop in York County, has been sentenced to probation.

He was sentenced on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in York County District Court.

He was arrested during a traffic stop when the Nebraska State Patrol found the missing children – ages 12 and 17 – after stopping the Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving east on Interstate 80 with a headlight out in the middle of the night.

Troopers soon determined the pickup had been reported stolen in Colorado and the child passengers had been reported as missing.

It was also discovered Willingham was in violation of a protection order filed on behalf of one of the children.

Assisting the state patrol in the situation was the York County Sheriff’s Department.

Initially, Willingham was charged with two counts of kidnapping, both Class 1A felonies; terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony; theft by receiving stolen property, a Class 4 felony; and three counts of tampering with a witness, all Class 4 felonies.

Later, he took a plea agreement in which he pleaded no contest to attempt of a Class 3 felony, which is a Class 4 felony; and one count of tampering with a witness, also a Class 4 felony. In return for his no contest pleas, the rest of the charges were dismissed.

He was also sentenced to 90 days in county jail; he was subsequently given credit for 90 days already served.




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