The following is a brief compilation of criminal cases that have been adjudicated in Newton County Circuit Court during the fall session. Circuit court cases are filed by county on the Administrative Office of the Courts CourtConnect Website https://caseinfo.arcourts.gov/cconnect/PROD/public/ck_public_qry_main.cp_main_idx.
Cases are listed by file number and defendant. In some instances affidavits explaining the original cause of arrest and charges were not available.
51CR-19-39 - James A. Richardson, 45, was formally charged last June with battery in the second degree, a class D felony, assault in the second degree, three counts, a class B misdemeanor and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor.
The charges stem from an incident that happened in April during the execution of a probation revocation warrant. When officers tried to place the defendant's hands behind his back, he began pulling back and kicking at the officers. He broke free from the officers' grasp multiple times and repeatedly kicked at officers even after being handcuffed and placed in an officer's vehicle, court documents claim.
In a plea statement made in December, Richardson pleaded guilty to an amended charge of battery in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a year in the Newton County Jail. He also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor and received a year in jail. He also pleaded guilty to assault in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor (3 counts) and received 90 days in jail for each count. The sentences shall be served concurrently with the sentences imposed in the revocation in case 51CR-18-34.
The defendant was additionally fined $150, and was ordered to pay court costs and fees.
51CR-19-45 - Larry Curtis Phillips, 53, was formally charged in July 2019 with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class D felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts, class D felony and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, class D felony.
Court information reads that during a traffic stop on May 27, 2019, conducted by Newton County deputies, the defendant kept reaching for his coat pocket. One of the deputies asked the defendant to place the contents of the pocket on the trunk of the vehicle until a search of the vehicle was completed. The driver had given consent to search the vehicle. The defendant pulled a pouch out of the pocket and put it on the trunk of the car. The other deputy's certified narcotics K9 alerted on the pouch which contained a glass meth pipe with residue, five used syringes, a baggy with residue and a clear canister with a usable amount of meth.
Phillips was placed under arrest and transported to the jail.
A plea statement was filed in December in which Phillips pleaded guilty to the charges. He received four years probation on each charge to be served concurrently. He was also fined $1,500 and was ordered to pay court costs and fees.
51CR-19-51 - Daniel A. Diaz, 48, was formally charged last August with theft of property, a class D felony. It was alleged that the previous April, the defendant stole a vehicle.
At the time the vehicle was stolen, an off-duty deputy drove by as the car was being loaded onto a car dolly, but did not realize the vehicle was being stolen at the time.
Other witnesses said they also saw the car on the dolly being pulled by a black car with Missouri license plates.
The deputy was on duty the next day in the Compton area when he recognized the black Missouri suspect vehicle.
The deputy stopped the vehicle. Two subjects were arrested on warrants and the vehicle was seized.
The investigation led authorities to Diaz in Hollister, Missouri.
Diaz said another subject involved in the theft owed him some money. Diaz rode with the other subject to Arkansas and helped load the vehicle on the dolly and bring to Missouri where it was sold to a salvage company.
The owner of the vehicle said a set of tree climbing hooks valued at $1,500 were in the car. Diaz said he kept the hooks and he handed them over to officers. What was left of the vehicle was recovered from the salvage company.
A plea agreement was reached in December. Diaz pleaded guilty to the charge and received four years of probation and was fined $1,000. He was also ordered to pay court costs and fees.
Diaz was ordered to pay restitution to the victim totaling $1,046.
51CR-19-54 - Preston Lee Campbell, 56, was formally charged in August 2019 with intimidating a witness, a class C felony; terroristic threatening in the first degree, a class D felony and aggravated assault, a class D felony.
According to court information on July 25, deputies were notified by an individual that Campbell walked up to the person's home several times during the span of an hour. He was apparently intoxicated and asked for gasoline. A short time later the suspect was reported driving a vehicle in an intoxicated manner.
While looking for Campbell, a deputy was dispatched to a residence in reference to Campbell stabbing a woman with a knife.
Upon the deputy's arrival, a Jasper police officer also showed up at the scene. They separated Campbell and the victim.
The woman said she and Campbell had been drinking and back roading in Campbell's truck. She said they started in Mt. Judea and ended at her house. During the time they were driving, Campbell got angry and pulled out a knife and held it against the woman and tried stabbing her. The knife grazed her nose. Campbell also threatened to kill the woman and burn down her house if she went to authorities.
While he was getting out of the vehicle, the woman was able to run to the neighbor's house to call the sheriff's office.
In December, the court issued an order of Nolle Prosequi, dismissing the case. The reason given in the order was that the complaining victim in the matter would like to put this misunderstanding to rest and no longer pursue charges. Therefore, the state cannot go forward to trial and meet its burden of proof in this matter.
51CR-19-57 - Darrell S. Seaman, Jr., 35, was formally charged last September with stalking in the first degree, a class C felony; harassing communications, a class A misdemeanor and violation of a protective order, a class A misdemeanor.
On Aug. 16, Britney Seaman called the sheriff's office to report the defendant contacted her via social media. This was the 13th reported incident since the first order of protection was served. This was also the fourth violation of an order of protection charge since May.
A deputy investigated the complaint and issued a be on the look out notice for the defendant. A National Park Service ranger reported the defendant's location near Pruitt, about 2 miles ffromor Britney Seaman's residence.
In a plea agreement filed last November, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 5 years probation for stalking and one year probation on the other two charges. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine together with court costs and fees.
CR51-19-59 - Justin Lane, 31, was formally charged in September 2019 with aggravated assault, a class D felony and endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree, a class D felony.
Court papers state that on April 12, 2019, the sheriff's office received a call from a woman in Parthenon stating her dog had been run over by a reckless driver of a side-by-side. The friend had the road blocked because the side-by-side was still in the area and he wanted to keep it from getting away. While she was still on the phone with dispatch, a shot was fired followed by several more shots. The caller said the side-by-side left the area.
Deputies arrived on the scene who met with the caller's friend who had two shotgun pellets in his right forearm. A deputy was able to identify the suspect as the defendant based on the description given by the injured man. A juvenile was also in the side-by-side who was also injured.
Lane told officers he was not in that area that night. It was apparent that Lane was extremely under the influence of alcohol and may not even remember the incident.
Lane entered a plea statement in December. The state agreed to dismiss the aggravated assault charge and amend the endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree to endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor.
Lane pleaded guilty and received a year of probation. He was also fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs and fines.
51CR-19-61 - John Stuart, 43, was formally charged last September with possession of drug paraphernalia, a class D felony; possession of schedule II controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class D felony; possession of a schedule II controlled substance, class D felony, two counts and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class D felony.
According to court filings, on Sept. 5, 2019, deputies were investigating an alarm call and made contact with the vehicle in which the defendant was a passenger. The driver of the vehicle is on active probation with a search waiver on file. The vehicle was searched due to the driver having a search waiver on file. The defendant was searched and from his front pant's pocket deputies located a brown bag and other containers holding a white crystalline substance and residue and oxycodone hydrochloride and hydromorphone hydrochloride.
The defendant made a plea statement in December after the state agreed to dismiss the possession of drug paraphernalia, class D felony, charge. He pleaded guilty to the remaining charges and received concurrent 3 years of probation. He was fined $2,000. Court costs and fees were also imposed.
51CR-19-69 - Jesse Cole Loveland, 23 , negotiated guilty pleas to two charges, aggravated assault on a corrections law enforcement officer and terroristic threatening in the first degree, both class D felonies. The sentencing order was filed Feb. 3.
Court filings stat that on July 12, 2019, that Loveland was a an inmate of the Newton County jail and was observed resisting instructions, yelling profanities and making threats to the jail staff. At one point Loveland kicked his shoes off hitting a deputy in the face, spat on one jailer and threatened another.
Loveland bent a jailer's finger backwards while the jailer was checking Loveland's restraints and Loveland told an officer that he would hunt him and his child down and kill them.
He made a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty tot he charges and was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
He was also fined $50 and ordered to pay court costs and fees.
He was given 272 days for jail time served.
51CR-19-71 - Mark Alan Hemphill, 30, was formerly charged last October with possession of drug paraphernalia, a class D felony; possession of controlled substance, class A misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, class A misdemeanor.
Last Oct. 3, during a probation and parole home visit at the Hemphill residence, officers located a metal try that contained a black container with a sandwich baggie containing marijuana, two smoking devices and rolling paper used for smoking marijuana. A black container with a glass smoking device used for smoking methamphetamine was also found.
A plea statement was filed in December showing that the state dismissed the possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor charges. Hemphill pleaded guilty to the felongy paraphernalia charge and was sentenced to three years of probation. He was also fined $1,000.