A 23-year-old Cotter man, Terry Kohen, was given a 13 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of residential burglary and battery during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday. Kohen was one of six persons sentenced to prison during a session presided over by Judge Gordon Webb.
Kohen, who was originally charged with aggravated residential burglary and battery, admitted that in the early morning hours of January 1 of last year, he broke into the apartment of a neighbor, James Herron, and attacked Herron with a knife. Investigative reports indicate that Herron was awaken by the sounds of Kohen breaking into the front door of the apartment at County Aire Apartments off Harding Boulevard in Cotter. Herron reported his assailant yelled something about hearing voices in his apartment and indicating he was upset because he believed Herron had been laughing at him.
Kohen also admitted that that on December 29 last year, he broke into a liquor store near his apartment and took a quantity of cigarettes.
The plea agreement stipulated that Kohen would be given credit for 255 days spent in the Baxter County Detention Center since being arrested for the two crimes.
32-year-old Joseph D. Young of Mountain Home and 28-year-old Joshua Langston of Viola were both given four years in the Arkansas Department of Correction after pleading guilty to unrelated crimes. Young admitted that in late December of last year, he had entered in a vehicles on the parking lots of local businesses and removed property from the vehicles. Langston pled guilty to taking a 1997 Lincoln MK 8 passenger car from Salesville without the permission of the owner. The vehicle was recovered the day following the theft in Fulton County.
Joshua Coulter, who listed his address as Rockford, Illinois at the time he was arrested, was given three years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing a car parked at a local dive shop in late July of last year. A Jackson, Tennessee police officer pulled Coulter over in that city on August 4 for driving with no headlights and took Coulter into custody after determining that the car he was driving was stolen. Coulter admitted to the Tennessee officer that he had taken the car in an attempt to get to North Carolina. During the time the car was in Coulter's possession, he damaged it by spray painting the exterior. In addition to fines, fees and costs, Judge Webb ordered Coulter to pay slightly more than $5,700 in restitution to the car's owner.
Kelly Lee Howard of Mountain Home was given a two year prison sentence after pleading guilty to participating in the theft of three trailers from a local farm supply business in 2012. The 35-year-old Howard was developed as a suspect and eventually told police that he and his brother, Michael, had taken the trailers.
Michael Nuzum of Mountain Home was also given two years in the Arkansas Department of Correction after pleading guilty to drug related charges. The 20 year-old Nuzum admitted that he had possessed both methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia last December which were detected during a follow up investigation by the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Mountain Home Police Department.
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