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A Columbus man was sentenced to probation earlier this week by Judge Robert Steinke in Platte County District Court.

Dellis R. McKirdy, 45, pleaded no contest in September and was found guilty of being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony. On Tuesday, Steinke sentenced the defendant to two years of intensive supervised probation.

On Sept. 10, McKirdy posted bond and was released from Platte County Jail and subsequently transported to Seekers of Serenity Place in Columbus to complete in-patient drug treatment.

McKirdy, represented by Platte County Public Defender Tim Matas, was arrested May 22 after an officer with the Columbus Police Department on routine patrol noticed a vehicle that he knew was being operated by a driver without a valid driver’s license, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit compiled by officer Santiago Velasquez.

During the traffic stop, contact was made with the vehicle’s passenger, McKirdy, who the officer learned through a records check had outstanding warrants in Platte County. The defendant, according to the affidavit, was taken into custody on two outstanding warrants. A subsequent search of his person led to the discovery of a baggie containing marijuana.

In the aftermath of the arrest, a probable cause search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside of a backpack located in the floorboard of the passenger seat. Also located was a scale and 175 capsules of Gabapentin, a CNS depressant prescription medication.

In other district court news:

*Co-defendants Mary M. Argent, 33, of Grand Island, and Marty J. Henry, 33, of Hastings, had their individual cases continued to Nov. 30 for sentencing.

Both defendants were arrested March 12, 2018, after CPD officers were dispatched to the local Walmart parking lot in regard to a possible domestic assault. Columbus dispatch advised that 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 Murphey 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.

Argent pleaded no contest in July and was found guilty of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class II felony; being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony; and tampering with physical evidence, a Class IV felony.

Henry also pleaded no contest in July and was found guilty of two counts of being in possession of methamphetamine.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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