Plea deal reached in Grand Island kidnapping case
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A Hastings teenager accused of kidnapping and leaving baby in freezing weather has changed his plea.
According to court records, just weeks before his trial, 18-year-old Jozef McAllister changed his not guilty plea and pleaded no contest to 10 charges. They include three counts of kidnapping, three counts of child abuse, two theft charges, one count of operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer.
According to police, in the early hours of Jan. 29, McAllister and Tate Wolfe, of Kearney, stole a car with three children inside. The pair left a five-year-old and one-year old in an abandoned truck. They left a seventh-month-old baby on the deck of an Alda house in freezing temperatures.
Wolfe pleaded no contest to the same charges and has been sentenced to between 66 and 132 years in jail.
With the change of plea, the state agreed to dismiss McAllister’s case regarding an assault of a Hall County Jail inmate. The Adams County Attorney’s Office agreed not to file a charge of possession of stolen firearm related to a pending referral currently in their office.
McAllister's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 4.