Hall tells judge ‘get me out of Baxter County’ and gets his wish


A 34-year-old man arrested for possessing methamphetamine late last year appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court last Monday.

Grant Hall, who lists an address in Oakland, entered a guilty plea to the charges that stem from a traffic stop November 20, 2022.

Hall was sentenced to six years in prison with a judicial transfer to one of the Community Correction Centers in the state for treatment.

As Circuit Judge John Putman was sentencing Hall, the defendant expressed wish in a loud voice, “Please get me out of Baxter County.” He repeated the request multiple times.

The traffic stop was made when a car Hall was driving was clocked on radar traveling 72-mile-per-hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone.

The methamphetamine was found in a cigarette package in the center console.

Hall has had other run-ins with the law, mainly stemming from disturbances at his mother’s apartment.

The alleged problems included kicking in doors, coming at his mother with clinched fists and pounding on doors and windows.

During one of the events, the mother told officers she barricaded herself in her bedroom.

The mother told police that one of the domestic disturbances was triggered because Hall was angry about taking out the trash.

She took out an order of protection to keep her son away from her and it was in force during one of his unwanted visits to the apartment located along South College Street.

Hall also faced a forgery charge at one point stemming from another domestic dispute in May.

After Hall was taken to jail as the result of the disturbance, officers found an altered check in his wallet. He admitted scratching out the payee’s name and writing his name above it. He said he had also endorsed the check.

Hall said he intended to cash the check but decided not to “do something stupid.”

Bank staff, however, told police the check had been cashed, and that it is possible to take a picture of a check and do a “mobile deposit” meaning Hall could have cashed the check while retaining the original.

Past charges filed against Hall include making two sales involving small quantities of methamphetamine to confidential informants on Nov. 26, 2019.

Petitions had been filed to revoke probation in his earlier cases, but those were dismissed.

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