Plea reached in meth case

Thursday, May 17, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- A McCook man who was arrested after being found in possession of meth and other drugs, was sentenced to probation in Red Willow County District Court. The man, 54-year-old James D. Nelson of 906 East E Street, accepted a plea agreement that reduced both felony possession charges against him to misdemeanor attempted possession charges and was subsequently sentenced, April 30, 2012, to 18 months probation.

Nelson was arrested by the Nebraska State Patrol in May 2011 following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 83 during which methamphetamine, dextroamphetamine and marijuana were discovered in his vehicle.

Nelson pleaded not guilty in September 2011 to two Class IV felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, as well as to a third infraction for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. He subsequently accepted the plea agreement, offered by Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood, that reduced both possession charges to Class I misdemeanors of attempted possession of a controlled substance and admitted guilt to the marijuana infraction as well.