McCOOK, Nebraska -- A Bartley man who was sentenced to probation in 2011 after being convicted of a felony offense of attempted distribution of a controlled substance, stemming from a half ounce of marijuana he sold to an informant under the surveillance of the Nebraska State Patrol at Kelley Park, was sentenced to an additional 12 months probation for his continued marijuana use.
The offender, 26-year-old Ryan L. Blake, admitted to the probation violations Aug. 6, 2012, which stated he failed to report to his scheduled probation meetings and tested positive for marijuana use in November 2011 and January 2012. He was subsequently sentenced to an extended 12 months probation during a Sept. 5, 2012, hearing in Red Willow County District Court.
According to court documents, Blake was initially charged with a more severe Class II felony of distribution of a controlled substance, following the February 2009 drug deal at Kelley Park, because the transaction took place within 1,000 feet of a playground and a Community College.
He subsequently accepted a plea agreement in June 2011, offered by Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood, which admitted guilt to a lesser Class IV felony of attempted distribution of a controlled substance and was subsequently sentenced to the original 18 months probation in August 2011.