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Bribery case against Brian Ross bound over to District Court

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A Scottsbluff man accused of trying to bribe a juror will now be facing new charges in Scotts Bluff County District Court.

34-year-old Brian Ross appeared on Wednesday for his preliminary hearing on one count of Bribery of a Juror.

During yesterday's proceedings, Investigator Rob Johnston with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Department testified about his investigation of a juror being contacted by Ross as he stood trial last week.

Johnston says that the juror was asked by Ross, "If you could help me out today"... and that "(He) could give (him) an envelope full of cash."

Investigator Johnston said that afterwards, they looked at surveillance cameras in the courthouse and could see that Ross had been talking to that juror, and the video quality was good.

Prosecuting attorney Scott Blaha says in his four-plus years of experience he has never seen a defendant try to bribe a witness, and it is "exceptionally rare" that a defendant would do that.

Judge James Worden found that the state provided sufficient evidence against Ross on the bribery charge, and bound the case over to District.

An arraignment has been scheduled for December 20th at 1 p.m., if convicted Ross could be looking at a prison sentence of up to 5 years.

That's in addition to his recent convictions of  possession of a controlled substance, willful reckless driving, and obstruction. Sentencing for those charges is set for January 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.

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