Hearings Take Place In District Court
Corby Allen VanWhy changed his plea to guilty for the charges of criminal endangerment and criminal mischief in district court on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
District judge David J. Cybulski ordered a pre-sentencing investigation.
The maximum penalties for criminal endangerment are 10 years in prison, a $50,000 fine or both. The maximum penalties for criminal mischief are 10 years in prison, a $50,000 fine or both.
During the hearing, Van-Why said that on April 1, 2022, he was driving down 1st Street in Culbertson at a high rate of speed, he tried to make a turn and didnâ€™t make it.
According to court reports, a witness told a Roosevelt County deputy that she saw a vehicle traveling east on 1st Street West at a high rate of speed and then crashing into a building. The deputy saw a hole of approximately 6 feet by 6 feet in the side of the building.
Also in district court on Tuesday, Sept. 27, a sentencing date of Oct. 12, was made for Mada Martell Bergie.
Bergie made a guilty plea to the felony charges of assault with a weapon and intimidation on July 14, 2021.
Bergie admitted to hitting her husband on the knee with a baseball bat on March 22, 2021. Then, in April 2021, she threaten her husband to prevent him from calling law enforcement.
After being released on her own recognizance in July 2021, she has recently been located by authorities.
Jody Vasquez made not guilty pleas to the charges of aggravated assault, strangulation of a partner or family member, assault with a weapon and partner or family member assault.
An omnibus hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25. A trial was set for Jan. 12, 2023.