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Man indicted in plot to kidnap sheriff, judge agrees to pretrial diversion
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Man indicted in plot to kidnap sheriff, judge agrees to pretrial diversion

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A 55-year-old Arapahoe man indicted in a federal case involving a Tennessee fugitive and an alleged plot to kidnap a sheriff and judge has entered into a pretrial diversion agreement, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

Anthony Weverka was accused of misprision of a felony for knowing of a plot to abduct the Furnas County Sheriff and failing to tell law enforcement, as well as making false statements to the sheriff's office when he made a partial disclosure of what he knew, acting U.S. Attorney Robert Stuart said in a news release.

Stuart said by entering into a pretrial diversion agreement, Weverka admitted he had committed the offense and agreed to certain terms and conditions that, if satisfied, would result in the dismissal of the charges pending against him.

He will be on probation for 18 months and will have to satisfy certain conditions, including 50 hours of community service.

The case began Jan. 10, 2017, when fugitive Michael Parsons failed to appear at a hearing in Tipton County, Tennessee, on two charges of possession of a weapon by a felon.

Parsons left Tennessee by piloting a 1964 Piper Cherokee with an obscured tail number with plans to fly to British Columbia, Canada. But he stopped for the night at the Arapahoe airport, where he met with Weverka, who served as the president of the Arapahoe Airport Board, the indictment said.

Court records referred to the fugitive by the initials M.P. However, media reports identified Parsons as the man arrested at the airport Jan. 12, 2017, related to the out-of-state failure to appear.



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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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