A 47-year-old Minatare man who was convicted of possessing 65 grams of methamphetamine has had his sentenced upheld by the Nebraska Court of Appeals.
Travis Buechler was arrested in 2017 following a search of his pickup parked at a Scottsbluff convenience store. The search led to the discovery of a digital scale and baggies with substances that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine and marijuana.
Last October, Buechler was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of charges of: Possession of Methamphetamine (24-139 grams) and No Drug Tax Stamp.
In his appeal, Buechler contended there should have been a mistrial because several of his acquaintances were passing out pamphlets to jurors referencing jury nullification. The issue came to light on the second day of the trial when one of the jurors saw one of the men sitting next to Buechler outside of the court room.
That juror was dismissed, but the remaining jurors said they could remain fair and impartial for the duration of the trial.
Today, the high court affirmed that Scotts Bluff County did not abuse its discretion by denying his motion for a mistrial. The Court of Appeals also noted their was sufficient evidence for his convictions of Possession of Methamphetamine (24-139 grams) and No Drug Tax Stamp.
Buechler’s 2017 arrest came about 18 months after he was released from prison for the 1993 drug-related murder of Efrain Hernandez. Hernandez was a ranch hand whose skeletal remains were found in a little used corral on an abandoned Sioux County farmstead in 1994. While in jail in 1995 on an unrelated count, Buechler confessed he shot Hernandez multiple times after Hernandez upset him following a big drug delivery.