A number of plea changes were made during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday, with sentences of prison time and probation handed down by Judge Gordon Webb.
Shane Boulton of Jonesboro was sentenced to four years in the Arkansas Department of Correction after admitting that he had violated the provisions of his probation. The 32-year-old Boulton was given four years probation on a bad check conviction in Baxter County in June 2011. He admitted that he violated the conditions of his probation when he was charged with crimes recently in Jonesboro. The prison term handed down in Baxter County is to run concurrently with any prison time he might receive in Craighead County.
Chad Douglas of rural Mountain Home was given three years in the Arkansas Department of Correction after pleading guilty to charges that he failed to comply with sex offender registration laws. It was charged that Douglas had moved without reporting his new address as required. The 26-year-old Douglas was adjudicated delinquent on two counts of sexual assault in the second degree involving females between the ages of 11 and 12 when he was 16 years old and had a prior sex offense involving an 11 year old girl.
24-year-old Henry Nielsen of Mountain Home was given six years probation after pleading guilty to a number of charges, including residential burglary, theft of property and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges stemmed from incidents in July and August of last year.
Michael Nuzum of Mountain Home was given five years probation after he changed his plea to guilty on theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card. The credit card was accidentally left at the cashier's counter of a local restaurant and was used at various businesses. In addition to fines, fees and costs, the 20-year-old Nuzum was ordered to pay almost $440 in restitution.
Jeremy Coleman of rural Mountain Home was sentenced to three years probation on drug charges. Coleman was stopped for a traffic violation in May. The 31-year-old Coleman gave officers permission to search his vehicle and methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found. Coleman was sentenced under provisions of Act 346 which means if he successfully completes his probation, he can apply to have his record expunged.
Another man, 45-year-old Thomas Galluzzo the 3rd of Midway was also given three years probation after pleading guilty to possessing methamphetamine, Focalin and Clonazepam. The drugs were discovered after Galluzzo was pulled over for not having a license plate displayed. The drugs were discovered when the vehicle was searched.
Matthew Tillery of Cotter will spend six months in the Arkansas Department of Correction on a variety of charges, including writing a hot check to post bail for his girlfriend, but could face other jail time when he makes a reappearance in Baxter County Circuit Court October 24. Earlier, Tillery had been given 12 years probation, ordered to spend 90 days in a drug treatment program in Osceola and then to enter the 14th Judicial District Drug Court program, but he failed to even begin the process. Tillery apologized to the court, saying he was a 16 year methamphetamine addict and that he was not thinking clearly at the time and admitted that not taking advantage of the Drug Court Program was what he described as one big mistake. Judge Webb said he was unsure if Tillery would be accepted into the program after what had transpired, but he would at least consider the request.
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