MH man with long criminal history headed back to prison


A Mountain Home man who has a criminal record stretching back 16 years was sentenced to five years in prison during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court last week.

Thirty-five-year-old Robert Dillon Willett was sentenced after pleading guilty to the latest criminal charges filed against him. Those charges stem from a traffic stop Feb. 16th. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Mountain Home Police officer pulled Willett over shortly after midnight, after seeing the pickup truck the Mountain Home man was driving traveling in the opposing lane of traffic.

The officer reported he was aware Willett was on felony probation with an active search waiver on file. The waiver means Willett has agreed to warrantless searches of his person, residence and vehicle at any time as a condition of his probation.

Methamphetamine and paraphernalia used to ingest the drug were found in Willett's vehicle.

Willett was arrested again by Mountain Home Police in the early morning hours of Feb. 22nd and ticketed for driving while intoxicated, as well as several misdemeanor drug charges and other traffic infractions.

Throughout his criminal past, the courts have handed down one suspended sentence after another in cases dating back to 2002 when the first case shows up on electronic court records. Willett was a teenager at the time.

Willett was given a six-year prison sentence on a number of drug-related charges in 2011. Records show he entered prison Aug. 26th, 2011 and was released about nine months later.

The charges which sent Willett to prison in 2011 stemmed from his involvement -- along with several co-defendants -- in manufacturing methamphetamine at a residence along Apple Blossom Circle in Mountain Home. He was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, being in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

A company specializing in cleaning up methamphetamine manufacturing operations was brought in to deal with the situation.

Records at the Baxter County Detention Center show Willett being booked in on several occasions on apparent parole violations, meaning that while on parole he violated the terms and conditions of his release. In addition, he has been sent to one of the Community Correction Centers in the state where people are sent to undergo treatment for addictions.

Willett had criminal charges filed against him in May and December 2002, July 2006, September and December 2010, May 2013, October 2014, February 2015, September 2017 and last month.

Drug-related charges make up the majority of the cases set up against Willett through the years.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, Willett has been booked into the county jail 37 times since 2002.

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