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Woman sentenced to prison on gun and drug charges

November 17, 2018

A Grand Island woman was sentenced to prison Friday morning in Platte County District Court on gun and drug charges.

Mary M. Argent, 33, 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.

If prosecuted to the full extent of the law, the defendant could have spent up to 50 years in prison. Under the Nebraska Good Time Law, Argent could be eligible for release in a little more than a year.

A co-defendant in the case, 33-year-old Marty J. Henry, of Hastings, had his sentencing continued until 10 a.m. on Nov. 30. Both defendants pleaded no contest to their given filed charges in July, according to court records.

Both 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 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.

In other district court news:

A transient man was sentenced to spend the next 30-42 months in prison for his involvement in an altercation taking place inside of the Platte County Jail, according to court records.

Rayde M. Olivera, 38, was charged with second-degree assault, a Class IIA felony. Court records show that the incident – although additional information regarding the situation wasn’t readily available Friday afternoon – occurred on or about May 1 at the facility.

The defendant, who was being held on a $20,000 bond with a 10-percent option, was credited with 200 days served. Corporal Matthew Langer said during a phone conversation with The Telegram that during that timeframe, Olivera had made other court appearances in different counties, most recently, Hall. Olivera was found guilty of the offense during a two-day jury trial spanning from Oct. 9-10, court records show.

Under the Nebraska Good Time Law, Olivera could be eligible for release in a little more than a year.

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

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