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Assad sentenced to 35-47 years for five felony convictions

Won't be eligible for parole until he turns 70


Rob Langrell / Publisher of the Sun-Telegraph

Jason Assad is led out of the courtroom Thursday evening by Cheyenne County Sheriff John Jenson after being sentenced to more than three decades in prison. At right is Assad's attorney, Steven Elmshaeuser.

During a 20-minute court appearance on Thursday evening, Jason Assad was sentenced to a minimum of 35 years in prison.

He'll receive credit for the 263 days he's spent in custody since his arrest, but because the court ruled he's a habitual criminal, the remainder of the term is mandatory.

At age 36, he'll be 70 before he's eligible for parole.

Cheyenne County District Court Judge Derek Weimer set Assad's maximum sentence at 47 years.

The Sidney man was arrested last fall on numerous felony charges stemming from a domestic dispute. Police were called to a local hotel he owned for a report...

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