Former mayor found guilty of assault, oppression of office

BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) – A jury has convicted a former Broken Bow mayor of assault and of oppression under color of office. Jonathon Berghorst was found guilty Friday.

Sentencing is set for April 9. Berghorst was accused of injuring a man during an April 6 fight outside a Broken Bow bar.

The court records say Berghorst later used his position as mayor in attempt “to injure, deceive, harm, or oppress” a Broken Bow police officer.

A grievance document filed by another officer says Berghorst was belligerent and didn’t cooperate with the police investigation and threatened the officer’s employment.

Voters recalled Berghorst from office on Jan. 15.

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