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ELKO – A mother who fired a gun during an argument at the Osino school bus stop on the first week of school last August has been sentenced to three months in jail.

Samantha C. Noel-McLean, 31, was also ordered to complete 25 hours of community service and pay $2,670 in fees and fines.

Noel-McLean was found guilty in Elko Justice Court of one count of drawing deadly weapon in a threatening manner, one count of aiming a firearm at human beings, and one count of discharging a firearm in a public thoroughfare or place of public resort.

Elko County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the bus stop at about 3:45 p.m. that Thursday.

“It was a disagreement between two parents, at which time the suspect Samantha pulled a handgun out,” then-Sheriff Jim Pitts said. “A struggle over the handgun ensued and that’s when the gun discharged.”

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No one was hit as the bullet went into the ground.

“The kids weren’t there when this happened,” Pitts said. “This happened before the bus arrived.”

Original charges included assault with a deadly weapon.

Noel-McLean was sentenced last week by Elko Justice of the Peace Elias Goicoechea. She received a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail and was ordered to serve 90 days.

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