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On Wednesday afternoon, Darryl Lierman's bond was reduced a third time in Antelope County District Court on Wednesday
Lierman, 49, of Neligh, who originally had his bond set at 10 percent of $500,000, now has a bond of 10 percent of $50,000. It had previously been lowered to $200,000 and $100,000.
Judge Mark Johnson stipulated that most of the same bond conditions remain in effect in the event Lierman posts bond. If released from jail, he is not allowed to have direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim in the case, nor anyone under the age of 18 years old, including his 14-year-old son. Lierman must live in a residence with no minors, and not possess drugs, alcohol or firearms.
Lierman's attorney, Ron Temple, said his client spent 180 days in jail the last time he faced similar charges
"The fear is genuine on his part," Temple said. The defense attorney also said, the last time, Lierman had "no less than 15 court appearances and a 7-day jury trial, and he always appeared on time."
The judge took this into consideration and also mentioned that the computer analysis being conducted for the state's evidence "doesn't look like it will be done until the end of February or early March."
"It appears painfully obvious that this case may not be ready to go forward on March 14," Judge Johnson said of the jury trial date. "(The new amount) is a reasonable figure that will allow Mr. Lierman to make bond."