Staci Ponte was sentenced Monday to up to six years in the women’s correctional facility at York for drug distribution.She will serve a minimum of two years, with 158 days credit for time in the county jail.
Ponte leaves a five-year-old child behind.
Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling said she has known Ponte for years. Harling said she is a woman of great potential who does very well when her addiction is under control, but otherwise is a terrible risk to herself and others.
Ponte was arrested two days before Christmas in a North Platte motel room. When police arrived, Ponte said she had to use the restroom. Officers told her not to flush the toilet because they suspected she might try to flush drugs down the drain.
Ponte appeared to stall around, then flushed the toilet repeatedly. Police also found two small baggies of methamphetamine in her jeans pocket.
Ponte has been to treatment twice over the years, once after she was convicted of cocaine possession and placed on probation.
Rowlands read her record aloud – a 25 year history of drug and alcohol charges.
“Once you started selling meth, the court has to treat that as an entirely different matter,” he said as he handed down the prison sentence.