(Neb)-Prison Term In Chadron Drug Case
CHADRON - A Chadron woman has been sentenced to 4 to 8 years in prison on drug and child abuse charges stemming from a January search warrant raid and WING Drug Task Force investigation.
39-year old Mandi Hardy received concurrent terms of 4-to-8 years for Distribution of a Controlled Substance and 1-year for Negligent Child Abuse Not Resulting in Injury after pleading No Contest to both counts. The Child Abuse charge was for having children in a home with drugs present.
With good time and time served, she will be eligible for parole in 2 years and automatic release in four years.
Hardy asked for probation with Public Defender Becca Chasek telling Judge Travis O'Gorman that Hardy made a mistake and purchased drugs one time. Chasek also said Hardy wanted to return to school to pursue a career in computer security and own her own business.
Judge O'Gorman told Hardy she had "a not very flattering inability not to reoffend," and cited the children in the home in handing down the prison terms.
Hardy and her husband James were arrested after authorities seized methamphetamine, ketamine, and prescription pills as well as 5 stolen credit cards.
James Hardy pleaded Guilty earlier this year to Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Device and Negligent Child Abuse/ No Injury. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
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