Another Hastings man convicted in rural burglary ring

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Another suspect in a 2017 burglary ring based in Adams county has been convicted and could get a long prison term.

William Dreessen, 49, Hastings, had been charged in Adams County with 18 counts of felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person,15 counts of possession or receiving a stolen firearm, 17 counts of defacing a firearm, two counts of theft, three counts of burglary and one conspiracy count. On Wednesday, as part of a plea agreement, Dreessen, pleaded no contest to eight charges, including possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a stolen firearm, defacing a firearm, two counts of felony theft, two counts of felony burglary and one count of conspiracy. The possible penalties on those convictions total over 100 years in prison.

Dreesen is scheduled to be sentenced January 4, 2019.

Local law enforcement officials arrested Dreessen last year for his part in an operation in which property was stolen from farmsteads and rural residences, taken to a residence in Holstein and in some cases re-sold on social media sites. The property ranged from high-end tools, firearms, TVs and in one case a $4,000 drone stolen from a farm in Fillmore county. Law enforcement agencies from 14 counties were involved in the case.

Dustan Hallows, 24, Hastings, has been convicted of two counts of felony burglary in connection with the case. Six other related charges were dropped in exchange for a no contest plea.

Hallows is scheduled for sentencing October 22nd in Adams County District Court and could get up to 40 years in prison.

Prosecution is pending for one other suspect in the case.

Diane Hancock, 56, Holstein, faces 10 counts of felony possession of stolen firearms. Her trial is scheduled for October 29th.

Prosecutions against Dreessen are also pending in other counties from which property was stolen.

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