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McCone County Commissioner Patrick Eggebrecht today denied felony theft charges that he used county workers to improve a private road to his residence.

Eggebrecht pleaded not guilty to the theft count and to a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct during an arraignment in Circle before state District Judge Katherine Irigoin of Sidney, said Judy Beck, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office.

The judge set an omnibus hearing for Jan. 7. The hearing is to set a schedule for the case.

In charging documents, Assistant Attorney General Kathleen Jenks alleges Eggebrecht ordered a county road crew to build a road to his house in August.  The commissioner allegedly instructed, “I want it built up with culverts and ditches and stuff so I don’t have to drive through the slop holes anymore, so get with it as quick as you can.’’

A crew used three graders and spent about 21 hours building a road for Eggebrecht. The work stopped before it was completed after a special commissioner meeting was held on Aug. 25.

If convicted, Eggebrecht faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum $50,000 fine on the theft.

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