Almost a dozen years in prison sentences were imposed by Judge John Putman following plea changes by a number of people during an abbreviated session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.
Randy Terrill of North Little Rock was given a three year prison sentence after changing his plea to guilty on charges of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia after officers found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe, used syringes, three cell phones and $2,511 on his person in May. At one time, the 45-year-old Terrill faced charges of being an habitual offender but that charge was dismissed by the state.
Judge Putman also imposed a three year prison sentence on 32-year-old Jeremy Page of Batesville after he pled guilty to drug-related charges, including possessing methamphetamine. In July, officers responded to a shoplifting report at a local store and came into contact with Page who gave them a false name and then fled when asked to leave his vehicle for a body search. When officers caught Page, they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Eli Weedman of Mountain Home, who has an extensive criminal record, was also sentenced to three years in prison on drug-related charges, including possession of methamphetamine and prescription pills. The 31-year-old Weedman was arrested after Baxter County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a Gamaliel area residence. When deputies arrived, Weedman had fled the scene, but came back after the deputies departed. When officers returned, they found Weedman, arrested him and found drugs on his person.
A two year prison sentence was imposed on Milan Sweet of Summit after the 23-year-old Sweet admitted he had violated the terms of his probation handed down in a 2009 battery case. Sweet was given 72 months probation after pleading guilty in late October 2010.
Judge Putman placed Larry Harris of Gepp on probation for four years after he changed his plea to guilty on drug related charges stemming from a January traffic stop by the Arkansas State Police. The stop was made after a truck pulling a trailer and driven by the 60-year-old Harris was driving erratically. After the stop, a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and a red straw used for ingesting the drug.
Robert Willett will spend 120 days in a Community Corrections Center operated by the state prison system and then three years on probation after changing his plea to guilty on charges of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. The 30-year-old Willett was arrested in May last year after he approached a sobriety checkpoint set up by the Arkansas State Police, turned around and fled. Before troopers were able to stop him, Willett threw a waist belt into a ditch, but it was retrieved and brought to officers by a citizen who observed Willett throw the belt. The belt was searched and drugs and drug paraphernalia were found. Judge Putman approved a request that Willett be granted a day to put his effects in storage before having to report to the Community Corrections Center. He is to turn himself in at 5 p.m. Friday.
Adam Webb of Rogers, who is presently serving time in the North Central Unit of the state prison system in Calico Rock on burglary and theft charges from Washington County, was given 12 months probation after pleading guilty on a misdemeanor charge of theft. Court records indicate that while visiting a friend in Baxter County in June last year, Webb was charged with taking items from the friend's apartment, including an ATM card.
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