Former Bradshaw bar owner sentenced to probation in felony assault, strangulation case

YORK – Bryan Driewer, 55, of Bradshaw, has been sentenced to probation in a case where he was initially charged with first degree assault and strangulation.

Initially he was charged with a Class 2 felony (first degree assault, carrying a possible maximum sentence of 1-50 years in prison) and a Class 3A felony (strangulation, carrying a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison). As part of an earlier plea agreement, the first count was dismissed and the second was reduced to attempted strangulation, a Class 4 felony.

He pleaded no contest to the amended charge and was facing a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison with 12 months of post-release supervision.

The case began on Nov. 11, 2022, when a man reported to the York County Sheriff’s Department he had been physically assaulted by Driewer. Court documents indicate the victim told the YSO investigator he was patronizing the Bulldog Roadhouse bar in Bradshaw at about 12:30 a.m., on Nov. 3, 2022, when he was assaulted by the owner, Driewer. According to the affidavit, he said Driewer pushed him out the back door and in doing so, the victim “fell backwards and struck his head on the ground causing him to lose consciousness.”

The investigator’s affidavit says the victim was suffering from extreme headaches as a result, and upon seeking medical care, it was determined he had to be transferred to Bryan LGH West Medical Center in Lincoln because he was suffering from an acute subdural hemorrhage. He was taken to the Lincoln hospital by ambulance and was treated there until Nov. 8.

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Court documents say the diagnosis received at the Lincoln hospital was “traumatic subdural hemorrhage with loss of consciousness of 30 minutes or less and acute pain due to trauma.”

The county attorney’s office ordered the Bulldog Roadhouse to produce all surveillance and video footage of the incident, which it received.

According to the investigator’s affidavit, the video showed “a short verbal exchange ensues and Driewer appears to become angry. Driewer places his left hand on the back of (the victim’s neck) and his right hand on the front of his neck and appears to apply pressure to his neck and throat area. (The victim) then appears to lose consciousness and Driewer is observed to then throw (the victim) into the closed back door. The door subsequently opens and (the victim) falls on his back and strikes the pavement on the outside of the establishment. When (the victim’s) back strikes the pavement, you can also see his head strike the pavement. Driewer then kneels on the left side of (the victim) and strikes (the victim) in the face with his right fist closed. Driewer then stands up and kicks (the victim) in the groin with his right foot. (The victim) was not conscious when Driewer strikes and kicks him.”

On Monday, Jan. 22, Driewer was sentenced by Judge James Stecker. He was sentenced to three years of traditional probation. The terms include three 30-day stints in jail, in the future (Decembers of 2024, 2025 and 2026), which can be waived by the court if he is found to be in compliance with the terms of his probation.

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