Several people were given prison sentences during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday with Judge Gordon Webb presiding.
Megan Loe of Mountain Home was given a five year prison sentence after she changed her plea to no contest to two drug related cases, a probation revocation and for aggravated assault upon a certified law enforcement officer. In the latter case, the 31-year-old Loe was charged with spitting in the face of a employee at the Baxter County Detention Center on March 24 after she became irate and combative when told that that she could not be taken off administrative lockdown as she requested.
A five year prison sentence is being recommended for Morgan Ochs of Mountain Home. She entered a guilty plea to theft of property charges Thursday, admitting that through a series of fraudulent transactions, she bilked her employer, a local furniture store, out of tens of thousands of dollars in money and property. Court records show that between January 15, 2013 and September 14, 2013, Ochs made at least 19 of the fraudulent transactions. She will be formally sentenced on August 28.
Kenneth Smith of Jonesboro was given three years in prison to run concurrently with a prison sentence he is now serving on a conviction from another county. The 54-year-old Smith pled guilty to writing a series of bad checks in Baxter County totaling between $3,000 and $4,000. 14th District Prosecuting Attorney Ron Kincade told the court that all of the checks had been repaid except one for $1,000 check written to a local used car dealer. In addition to the prison time, Judge Webb ordered Smith to pay $1,103 in restitution.
In a case that goes back to 2006, 38-year-old Jeremy Jessup of Gassville admitted that he violated the terms and conditions of his probation and was given 60 days in prison with credit for 48 days he has served in the Baxter County Detention Center. It is likely that Jessup will serve the entire sentence in the local jail. In 2006, court records show that Jessup was put on 24 months probation on a drug-related charge, but did not show up after his initial contact with his probation officer. There were multiple failure to appear warrants issued in the case. Jessup was reported to be in Texas at one point. He was arrested and placed in the Baxter County Detention Center in June.
Jeremi Witt of Mountain Home was sentenced to 12 years probation and ordered into the 14th Judicial District Drug Court program. The 34-year-old Witt pled guilty to stealing checks, forging and passing them at local businesses. As part of his probation, Witt must successfully complete the Drug Court Program, which can take two years or more and is focused on dealing with addictions.
Danyelle Astry of Mountain Home pled guilty to selling morphine pills to a confidential informing working with law enforcement on January 23. The sale was made at a residence on 7th Street. She also pled guilty to the use and possession of drug paraphernalia, including syringes, a spoon containing a melted pill and a ledger with references to money owned for drug transactions. She was given 10 years probation.
Michelleda Carlisle of Gassville was given six years probation after she pled guilty to passing a counterfeit cashiers check at a local bank and keeping $1,000 of the proceeds. In addition to fines, fees and cost, Judge Webb ordered the 34-year-old Carlisle to pay $1,000 in restitution.
Christopher Vosecek of Yellville was given three years probation after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an incident on December 6 last year. On that date, a Cotter police officer made contact with a man whose truck was stuck in a ditch. According to court records, the 25-year-old Vosecek, who had been a passenger in the truck, had earlier brought a tractor to the scene and unsuccessfully tried to get the vehicle out of the ditch with the 2008 Kubota tractor. The tractor was reported missing by its owner. It was later found abandoned within the city limits of Cotter with dirt on the tires and fenders. Vosecek was arrested and charged with theft of property, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. He is currently serving a two year prison term in the Grimes Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction at Newport on a conviction out of Marion County, but should complete that term soon.
Michael White of Henderson was also given three years probation after pleading guilty to fleeing from police, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. On March 18, officers attempted to stop the vehicle White was driving for a speeding violation, but instead of stopping, he accelerated and led the police on a pursuit through Mountain Home. The chase, which reached speeds of 90 miles-per-hour, ended when White drove through a chained barrier at an apartment complex. White exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was found hiding in the back bedroom of an apartment and taken into custody.
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