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NE man facing felony charges related to theft of cattle makes first court appearance

Benjamin Johnson and Rebecca Robbins Benjamin Johnson and Rebecca Robbins

One of two co-conspirators in a cattle theft scheme made his first appearance in Antelope County Court on Wednesday.

Twenty-seven-year-old Benjamin Johnson appeared for the first time to face three felony charges related to the theft of cattle from a Brunswick farm in February. An arrest affidavit says Johnson and 22-year-old Rebecca Robbins of Lyons accepted a $5000 down payment from a Columbus couple for the sale of cattle that didn't belong to them.

Johnson faces up to 45-years in prison if convicted of all three counts. He'll be back in court for a preliminary hearing on August 20.

Robbins is currently being held in the Platte County Jail on an outstanding warrant there, in addition to separate charges in Antelope and Boone counties. She's also awaiting sentencing on August 12 for a theft case in Dawes County from earlier this year.

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