BEATRICE - A 35-year-old Beatrice man has been given a three-year-probation sentence on two criminal cases against him.

Joshua Beck heard his sentence Monday, from Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner. Beck earlier was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. His attorney, Benjamin Murray, of Hebron…said his client has been respectful and cooperative during his pending cases.

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Before sentencing, Beck told the judge he can return to a job he had prior to his arrest.

:08 "this life, no more"

The judge said Beck's criminal history was not extensive and he is not a violent person. He noted that Beck previously completed successfully, a stay at the Nebraska Work Ethic Camp. Judge Schreiner said it's more of a substance abuse problem, where Beck is judged to be high-risk in that area.

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Beck was ordered to pay court costs from the two cases, totaling $288.