Man Who No-Showed For Trial Back in Custody; Facing Five New Felony Charges

Man Who No-Showed For Trial Back in Custody; Facing Five New Felony Charges
June 22nd, 2022 | Ryan Murphy

A rural Scottsbluff man who failed to show up for his trail for allegedly exploiting a vulnerable elderly woman by forging names on two real estate documents with her name and trying to sell the associated property is back in custody.

50-year-old Barry Neal was set to stand trial last week on charges of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult, 2nd Degree Forgery over $5,000 and Attempted Theft by Taking with Value over $5,000.

Neal failed to appear for jury selection and trial in Scotts Bluff County District Court, and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Court records show that Neal was arrested and booked into Scotts Bluff County Detention Center Saturday evening.

That stems from a Saturday afternoon call from his estranged wife that stated that Neal was at the property and he was threatening her with a firearm. Deputies arrived on scene and took Barry into custody without incident.

Afterwards, officers contacted the victim at a separate location. She told them that Neal had returned to the residence a few days prior, had taken her keys to the vehicle and physically restrained her from leaving the premises. She adds that at once point he had a handgun in his hand and pointed the barrel at her head and threatened to kill her.

He is now facing fresh felony charges of: Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony; Felon in Possession of a Firearm; Terroristic Threats; 3rd Degree Domestic Assault with Priors; and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

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