- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A 31-year-old man finally has faced the music in court for possessing alcohol when he was a 19-year-old.

The Columbus Telegram reports (https://bit.ly/1IzdyYc ) that John Stokes was stopped for speeding Tuesday night and held because a bench warrant was issued in August 2003 after Stokes missed a court date. He was 19 on July 5, 2003, when he was given two liquor citations.

On Wednesday Judge Frank Skorupa asked Stokes, “Did you think we’d forget about you?” Stokes, who was appearing via a video link from the Platte County jail, told the judge he was unaware of the missed court date more than 11 years ago.

Skorupa fined Stokes a total of $400 after prosecutors dropped one of the liquor charges and Stokes pleaded guilty.

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com


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