Prison inmate’s sentence extended

Photo: Jason Hicks

A man already serving time in prison received an additional 10 years during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court last Thursday.

Forty-one-year-old Jason Hicks, who has listed addresses in Lexa, Pine Bluff, Conway and several locations in Baxter and Marion counties on various court documents, pled guilty to breaking into a residence twice and taking items.

The residential break-ins happened in December 2018 at a home located along U.S. Highway 62/412 West. Hicks was quickly identified as a person of interest. When he was eventually arrested, he is reported to have quickly admitted to the break-ins and thefts.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Hicks told investigators his crimes were directly related to his addiction to drugs. He was reported to have “showed remorse” for his acts.

Hicks, who was dressed in the white uniform of the Department of Correction during last Thursday’s court session, was earlier given a seven-year prison sentence, after he pled guilty to breaking into businesses in Gassville and Midway in January last year.

Surveillance cameras aided the identification of Hicks as the perpetrator of the business break-ins.

The 10-year sentence handed down last Thursday will run concurrent with the one he is now serving.

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