A Columbus man convicted of illegally carrying a concealed weapon was sentenced to a term of probation Monday morning in Platte County Court.

Carlos A. Triana-Rios, 21, pleaded no contest and was found guilty by Judge Frank Skorupa of carrying a concealed weapon first offense and contributing to the delinquency a child, Class I misdemeanors. Under Nebraska state law, the defendant could have faced up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both.

Triana-Rios was sentenced by Skorupa to 12 months of probation for both offenses, which are set to run concurrently.

In September 2018, an officer with the Columbus Police Department on routine patrol was traveling west on Pawnee Park Drive when he observed a white Pontiac G6 traveling eastbound along Pawnee Park Drive in Pawnee Park without license plates, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.

Contact was made with the driver, Triana-Rios, who was accompanied by two minors, ages 13 and 15. The two minors were subsequently cited for truancy.

Dispatch confirmed that the defendant was driving during a period of revocation and he was placed under arrest, court records show. Another officer arrived at the scene and while searching the vehicle located a loaded gun magazine stuffed between the center console and the driver’s seat, according to court records.

A loaded 9mm C9 Luger was located under the driver’s seat, loaded, with a bullet in the chamber.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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