Wolf Point Herald

Plea Bargain Reduces Charges In Drug Case

Nicholas Andrew Marino changed his plea on a drug charge following a plea bargain in 15th Judicial Court Wednesday, March 12.
The state has alleged that on or about June 2, 2013, Marino was in criminal possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute, a felony. According to charging documents, the drug was methamphetamine.
Charges against Marino are listed on court documents as criminal possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, both felonies, and carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor.
Under the plea agreement, Marino pleaded guilty to criminal possession with intent to distribute. The county attorney has moved for dismissal of the other two charges.
The original charges against Marino could carry a prison term of as much as 20 years.
The state is seeking treatment as a persistent felony offender.
Marino originally pleaded not guilty July 10, 2013.
Sentencing will not occur until after a pre-sentencing report is completed, which could take two to three months.