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Mahnomen woman sentenced to jail for burglary

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A Mahnomen woman was sentenced Tuesday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of second-degree burglary.

Maxine Helen Nicol, 66, of 323 NE 4th St. Mahnomen, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, stayed on conditions including completion of 90 days in jail and up to 10 years of supervised probation on conditions including payment of $1,180 in court fines and fees, plus $167 in restitution.

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Additional counts of first-degree burglary-dangerous weapon and receiving stolen property-firearms were dismissed.

Nicol was one of three people charged in connection with a break-in at a residence on County Road 18 near Ogema on Feb. 23, along with co-defendants Ashley Ann Weaver and Michael George Dumont-Newago.

Dumont-Newago was the driver of a vehicle that was reported stolen on the day the break-in occurred.

The vehicle had been flagged as belonging to a man named "Mike" who had tried to sell guns and other items in the White Earth Village area that day. The vehicle was later spotted southbound on County Road 21, swerving into an oncoming lane of traffic while executing a turn.

When the vehicle was pulled over for a traffic stop, both Nicol and Weaver were passengers in the vehicle.

After the owner of the stolen vehicle gave his consent to a search of its contents, two long guns and a compound bow with a quiver of arrows were discovered as well as a DVD/VCR player, a black garbage bag containing numerous clothing items, a pair of gloves and a hatchet. Most of the items were identified as having been stolen.

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