Former Broken Bow Mayor found guilty of assault, abuse of power

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BROKEN BOW, Neb. (KNOP) - A jury found a former Broken Bow mayor guilty of assault and abuse of power.

Jonathon Berghorst remains expressionless as the guilty verdict was announced January, 31. (Source: KNOP)

Jonathon Berghorst was accused of threatening the job of a police officer investigating a fight outside a bar for which the mayor was also charged.

On Wednesday, Riley Royle, the man who was assaulted, testified and said he never agreed to fighting with Berghorst.

Testimony wrapped up Thursday morning. Three witnesses took the stand, all of whom are friends of Berghorst. They testified the 30-year-old was not fighting at the bar as it was a mutual spar.

Berghorst was removed from office after a recall election this month.

He faces up to one year in prison, a $1,000 fine or both.

Custer County Judge Tami Schendt ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing is scheduled for April 9th at 1:30 pm.

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