BEATRICE – An Oklahoma City man will serve a Nebraska probation sentence for possessing marijuana and a stolen handgun, after coming to Beatrice to attend a wedding.
Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner announced a four-year probation sentence for 24-year-old Leroy Harper, for attempted possession of a stolen firearm and possession of over an ounce, but less than a pound of marijuana. Harper’s attorney, Dustin Garrison, told the judge that possession of the marijuana and cash seized when he was arrested at a local motel, were not indicators of drug distribution.
:27 “delivering marijuana”
Since his arrest, Harper gained employment in Nebraska, but his attorney said he planned to return to Oklahoma. Harper told the judge he did not know the weapon he purchased had been stolen.
:10 “for the court”
Judge Schreiner noted that Harper’s past record included drug convictions in Oklahoma along with transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.
:50 “or harmed”
Harper was ordered to pay court costs of $148, and the judge ordered him to obtain his G-E-D.
During a Beatrice Police arrest at a local motel room last April, officers found a large brick of marijuana in a zip-lock bag and another zip-lock bag containing clumps of marijuana. An investigator said the amount of marijuana in the two bags was larger than personal use. Police also found cash on the floor, totaling $1,360.
Police seized a 40-caliber handgun that was loaded with a 10-round extended magazine and a bullet in the chamber. A records check confirmed the handgun was stolen out of Oklahoma.