December 30, 2016
The 37-year-old Carroll man who avoided an attempted murder conviction last month in Sac County is set to plead guilty for a Carroll County felony burglary case next month, according to court documents.
Jeremy Werneburg was allegedly caught wearing clothes that he stole from a rural residence south of Lake City in December 2015.
His subsequent burglary charge was put on hold for months when in February Werneburg was accused of trying to kill a man in Carnarvon when he struck the man with his car.
Werneburg said it was an accident — that the faulty brakes on the car locked up at just the wrong moment as he tried to escape a hostile confrontation.
A jury found him guilty of assault, and he is set to be sentenced next month to up to 30 days in jail. He had faced up to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder charge.
On Dec. 18, 2015, someone reported that Werneburg was trespassing on a rural Lake City property, looking in vehicles and ringing the doorbell there. He allegedly wore clothes that were reportedly stolen from a nearby rural residence.
It’s unclear from court records to what charge he will plead guilty on Jan. 12 in Carroll. For the burglary charge he faces up to five years in prison.
Werneburg also faces a felony criminal mischief charge in Sac County for allegedly damaging a jail camera after his attempted-murder arrest. Court records show he was suffering from methamphetamine withdrawal in the jail.
His trial for that charge is set for Jan. 24, and if convicted he faces up to five years in prison. Werneburg previously served 10 years in federal prison starting in 2000 for dealing methamphetamine, according to court records.