Two people received prison sentences during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday with Judge John Putman presiding.
Kevin Chute of Pineville received three years in the state Department of Correction after pleading guilty to a long string of charges stemming from an event February 12 in which Chute and a female companion attempted to allude pursuing officers and then fled on foot after crashing their vehicle into a ditch.
At one point, the chase on State Highway 5 South, involved three Arkansas State Troopers and about a half dozen Baxter County Sheriff's deputies, according to court records.
The charges against the 42-year-old Chute included fleeing, resisting arrest, having a stolen license plate and a parole revocation.
Jacob Langston of rural Mountain Home also received a three year prison sentence after pleading guilty to violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act. It was discovered that Langston was not residing at his reported address in Norfork. The Baxter County Sheriff's office was notified that Langston had moved from the Norfork address to a unit at the Bungalow Resorts on Cranfield Road without reporting the change as required. The 27-year-old Langston was convicted in April 2008 in Izard County of sexual assault in the second degree, robbery and other charges. Investigative records indicated that Langston was originally charged with beating and sexually assaulting an adult female victim.
Jessica Whitson of rural Mountain Home was given six years probation after pleading guilty to taking checks from a relative and writing them in January, April and May of last year primarily to pay her rent. Investigative records show that the checks were taken when the relative was away from her residence and in the hospital for back surgery. In addition to fines, fees and costs, the 25-year-old Whitson was ordered to pay $1,850 in restitution.
Ashley McFarland of Midway was given 12 months probation after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of criminal mischief for the part she played in stealing checks from a local resort and cashing them. McFarland's attorney, John Crain of Mountain Home, said an investigation showed that the part McFarland played in the scheme was fairly minor did not rise to the level of a felony. Crain told the court that other people were more directly involved in cashing the stolen checks. Crain said that the checks totaled $1,450 and that his client had already paid $1,200 of that amount and hope to have the remainder paid soon.
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