- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - The Sidney police chief thinks his sentence for obstructing government operations is disproportionately tough.

That’s what the attorney for Chief B.J. Wilkinson told a judge on Monday in Cheyenne County District Court.

State prosecutors say Wilkinson failed to pursue criminal charges against city Public Works Director John Hehnke after Hehnke’s ex-girlfriend filed a complaint in January 2014 against Hehnke. The case came to the attention of state prosecutors, who later charged Hehnke.

Wilkinson’s attorney, Thomas Sonntag, said in court Monday that Wilkinson’s 30-day jail sentence was unfairly tough when compared to Hehnke’s $300 fine for disturbing the peace.

Judge Travis O’Gorman says he’ll probably make a decision on the appeal within two weeks.

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