Platte County District Court was busy recently, with eight individuals facing sentencing from Judge Robert Steinke.
Of that pool, two were sentenced to prison and six others were given probation.
Marty J. Henry, 38, of Hastings, was sentenced to spend the next two years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections after being found guilty of being in possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance – methamphetamine; and for being in possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance – psilocybin, both Class IV felonies.
Henry was sentenced to two years in prison on both counts, along with 12 months of post-release supervision. The sentences are running concurrent and under the Good Time Law of Nebraska, he could be eligible for parole in about a year.
Henry, represented by Kaz Long, originally faced charges of being in possession of methamphetamine in the amount of 28-139 grams, a Class 1C felony; being in possession of a firearm while committing a felony, a Class II felony and two counts of being in possession of a controlled substance, all stemming from a March 12 incident occurring at the Walmart parking lot in Columbus, as previously reported by The Telegram.
In mid-November, a co-defendant, Mary M. Argent, 33, of Grand Island, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class II felony; one year in prison for being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony; and one year for tampering with physical evidence, also a Class IV felony.
Both defendants were arrested March 12, 2018, after Columbus Police Department officers were dispatched to the local Walmart parking lot in regard to a possible domestic assault. Columbus dispatch advised the reporting party witnessed a male subject yelling at a female sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.
Detecting the smell of marijuana in the car, officers asked to search the vehicle but Argent refused. At the time, according to the affidavit, Argent reached into the vehicle and removed an item from the center console and threw the item into the trash can next to fuel pumps the vehicle was parked by.
Retrieving the item from the trash can, officers determined it was a methamphetamine pipe. While searching Argent, the affidavit says officers located a small metal box which yielded approximately 46 grams of a white crystal substance later determined to be methamphetamine. The box also contained $280 and a digital scale.
During a subsequent vehicle search, officers found a marijuana pipe, 2.4 grams of marijuana and an unloaded 9mm Keltic handgun located in a black bag on the passenger floorboard, according to the affidavit. A loaded magazine for the handgun was located inside of the vehicle’s center console.
Video footage obtained from the Murphy USA filling station determined the vehicle was driven and parked by Henry just prior to officers’ arrival. A pat-down of Henry revealed that he had a methamphetamine pipe on his person that contained burnt residue later testing positive as being methamphetamine.
In other court happenings:
*Taylor W. Hurich was sentenced to 300 days in Platte County Jail after being found guilty of third-degree sexual assault, a Class I misdemeanor. He was credited with 12 days served in Platte County Jail.
*Jorge A. Carvajal-Cabrera was sentenced to 18 months of probation after being found guilty of attempted second-degree assault and making terroristic threats, both Class IIIA felonies.
*Thomas R. Johnson was sentenced to one year of probation after being found guilty of attempted possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, a Class II felony.
*Gregory L. Johnson was sentenced to one year of probation for driving during a 15-year-long revocation period. Another 15-year revocation was levied as part of his sentence.
*Sebastian Birke of Missouri Valley, Iowa, was sentenced to 42 months of probation after being found guilty of attempted sexual assault through the use of an electronic communication device, a Class II felony. As part of his sentence, he’s required to spend 90 days in Platte County Jail. He was credited with 84 days served.
*Zachary D. Hollendiek was sentenced to three years of probation after being found guilty of attempted first-degree sexual assault, a Class IIA felony. As part of his sentence, he was also sentenced to 90 days in Platte County Jail.
*Jorge L. Delgado-Jimenez was sentenced to 42 months of probation and a $2,000 fine after being found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol fourth offense, a Class IIIA felony. He was also sentenced to 42 months of probation after being found guilty of flight to avoid arrest, a Class IV felony. The sentences are running concurrently to one another. His license was also revoked for 15 years as part of his sentencing.
Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.