North Platte man charged in deadly hit-and-run sentenced to prison

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP August 19, 2019
The man charged in a deadly hit-and-run case that killed a North Platte man in January is sentenced to twenty months in prison.

Ryan Baade was sentenced Monday in Lincoln County District Court for leaving the scene of an accident that killed David Kohlmeier of North Platte on January 25th. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

District Judge Michael Piccolo sentenced Ryan Baade Monday in Lincoln County District Court.

Baade was originally facing a manslaughter charge, but that was dropped due to a plea agreement.

Baade's sentence comes on the day David Kohlmeier would have turned 66-years-old.

Family members say while they're discouraged by the sentence, they are looking forward to being able to finally move on.

"I was very discouraged by some of the things that take place in our court systems and didn't realize it," said Joyce Trosper, Kohlmeier's sister.

"I just hope that none of the people that defended him ever have any of this happen to any of their families," said Kohlmeier's brother-in-law Norman Trosper. "I don't think they realize what people go through in cases like this, it's just not right."

Baade was also sentenced to twelve months post-released supervision, and one year revoked license.

He was also sentenced to twenty months in jail and twelve months post-release supervision for the drug and alcohol charge. Both sentences will run concurrent.

A pre-sentence investigation shows Baade had smoked marijuana and drank alcohol hours before he struck Kolhmeier as he was crossing the street on Rodeo Road at 6:43 a.m. on January 25th.

Baade denied using meth, but prosecutors say otherwise.

In his sentence, Judge Piccolo said what's troubling is that Baade never stopped to render aid. Baade did, however, apologize in court for the suffering he caused Kolhmeier's family.

There's a plea deal in a January hit and run case that killed a North Platte man. Lincoln County District Judge Michael Piccolo dismissed a felony manslaughter charge against Ryan Baade on Monday. Baade will be sentenced Aug. 19th.

Court records show Baade will now be sentenced on a felony leaving the scene of an accident under the plea agreement.

As police looked for Baade in January, they searched his home and found methamphetamine. Baade will be sentenced on the drug and accident charges on August 19th. Baaade could be sent to prison for up to six years.

May 20, 2019
The man accused of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in January plead not guilty in Lincoln County District Court.

Ryan Baade appeared in court with his attorney Martin Troshynski on Monday.

He faces a maximum of our years imprisonment and two years post-release supervision or a $25,000 fine or both.

Baade is also charged on a seperate case for possession of methamphetamine.

He also plead not guilty to that charge.

Baade's $250,000 bond was continued on both cases.

A status hearing is set for June 17.

David Kohlmeier died after he was hit on Rodeo Road on January 25th.