A Scottsbluff man sentenced to prison in September for robbery is facing additional time behind bars after he was convicted Tuesday on three additional charges, two of them felonies.
A Scotts Bluff County District Court jury found 29 year old Michael Valdez guilty of obstructing a police officer (a misdemeanor), possession of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. County Attorney Dave Eubanks says the felony firearm conviction carries a mandatory 3 years in prison with a possible maximum of 50 years in prison. Valdez will be sentenced by Judge Leo Dobrovolny December 12th.
Court documents say on January 25th Valdez fled from authorities after selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant and was in possession of a .38 caliber handgun when he ran. Valdez was taken into custody a few blocks away after a foot pursuit and the firearm was retrieved from a yard where he jumped a fence.
Valdez was sentenced in September by Dobrovolny to seven to twelve years in prison after he was convicted of robbing a man of $50 while threatening him with a machete.