The following is a brief compilation of criminal cases that have been adjudicated in Newton County Circuit Court during the summer 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-18-49 - Zachary Roger Freeman, 29, was charged in July 2018 with possession of a controlled substance, Schedule I, II, a class D felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, a class D felony.
Court filings show that on June 28, 2018, deputies were traveling south on state Highway 7 when they met a red GMC Sierra traveling mother with no license plate. A traffic stop was conducted and the deputies made contact with the passenger, Freeman and the driver, Brandon Carney. Both subjects provided their drivers licenses. Freeman had a search waiver on file. Freeman was asked to step out of the vehicle so a search of his immediate area could be conducted. Found on the seat of the truck were a clear glass meth pipe wrapped in a blue paper towel underneath the seat.
Freeman openly admitted to the meth pip being his. A bag containing a crystal like substance was located underneath the driver floor mat. A field test kit was used to show that the substance tested positive for methamphetamines. Both of the men were placed under arrest and taken to the county jail. Also found near the scene was a green meth pipe apparently tossed into a ditch.
The case continued for months until last March when the defendant freely entered a negotiated plea.
The defendant pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia - methamphetamine, a class D felony.
He received three years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections followed by two years suspended imposition of sentence. The sentence ran concurrently with a sentence imposed in a revocation case against the defendant.
In addition, the sentence included a $2,000 fine plus court costs and other fees.
The sentencing order was filed on June 12, 2019 and the case was formally closed on that date.
51CR-18-77 - Brian Holzheimer, 38, was charged last October with endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree, a class D felony, habitual offender, four counts.
Court information states that on May 15, 2018, the sheriff's office investigated the death of a six-week-old infant, Brian Otto Holzheimer, at the home of the parents of the deceased child, Carissa Breedlove and Brian Holzheimer. Both Breedlove and Holzheimer were drug tested on this same day by their probation officer, and both tested positive for the use of methamphetamine and other controlled substances. In addition to the deceased child, there are three other children that I've in the residence, an eigth-year-old male, a two-year-old male and a 16-month-old female. The children were removed from the home by the Department of Human Services and placed in its custody.
On June 11, 2018, all three children were sent to Arkansas Children's Hospital where they were administered hair follicle drug tests. Each one of the children tested positive for amphetamine/methamphetamine with the female testing positive for marijuana. The Medical Examiner's report indicated that methamphetamine exposure was a contributing cause of Brian Otto Holzheimer.
In a plea statement filed May 8, 2018, the state agreed not to purse the habitual offender enhancement. The defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining charges. He was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on each count to run concurrently.
The sentence included a $1,000 fine and other court costs and fees.
The final sentencing order was filed on May 25, 2019.
51CR-18-81 - Esrial Edward Jasper, 49, was charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, marijuana, with the purpose to deliver, a class C felony; possession of a firearm by certain persons, a class D felony; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class D felony; aggravated assault, a class D felony, habitual offender.
Documents say that on Oct. 11, 2018, Trinity Jasper called the sheriff's office and stated his father, the defendant, was threatening to kill him. According to the complaint, the defendant fired a .22 rifle at Trinity and accused him of stealing some of the defendant's marijuana plants.
A deputy responded to the residence and while approaching the residence could see several unprocessed marijuana plants in a large plastic tub in plain view in the back of an SUV in the driveway. A search warrant was obtained for the residence on this same day with the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force.
Upon searching the premises and vehicle, deputies found a pound of marijuana wrapped in a shower curtain in the back of a silver Suzuki parked in the driveway, a blu plastic tub containing loose marijuana, and a white cardboard box with three ounces of marijuana on the front seat of the Suzuki. There was also a camp bag in the front passenger seat which contained individual bags of marijuana, scales and.22 ammunition. Loose marijuana was found in a camper in the front yard; the marijuana was all over the floor and inside a cabinet. Finally, deputies located a Savage model 64 .22 caliber rifle in the rear master bathroom of the residence. The defendant is a convicted felon. The defendant has eight previous felony convictions.
The defendant appeared before Judge Putman on May 24, 2019. Defense counsel stated there are no pretrial issues to be heard. The defendant was ordered to appear before the judge on June 28 in Harrison to accept or reject the plea offer from he state before the case goes to jury trial.
In a plea statement filed on July 29, 2019, the state dismissed the simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms charge and will not seek the habitual offender enhancement. The defendant shall plead guilty to the remaining charges and shall receive the indicated sentences with all sentences to run concurrently:
Eight years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on the possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, marijuana with the purpose to deliver and six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on the remaining charges.
The sentence included a $1,000 fine, plus court costs and other fees.
The final sentencing order had not been filed as of July 31.
51CR-19-2 - Gary White, 69, was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana, a class C felony.
Court information states that on July 12, 2018, an officer of the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force was participating in marijuana eradication in Newton County. The officer was dispatched to an area known as Walnut Valley located in southwest Newton County. When the officer arrived, he saw a spotting helicopter parked in a field. Officers made contact with the defendant while he was running back toward his residence. The defendant stated everything the officer was looking for was in his garden. In the garden area, officers removed a total of 79 marijuana plants. The defendant offered that he was growing the plants and tended them because he was experimenting with different strains in an attempt to obtain higher levels of CBD while maintaining normal THC levels in the plants.
In a plea statement filed last May 29, the defendant pleaded guilty and received seven years of probation. The sentence included a fine of $8,000 along with court costs and fees.