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Area woman sentenced to six years in prison



By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff An area woman was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting guilt to charges of residential burglary in Union County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Darlene Wadlington, 36, said that although she was found inside a camp in Felsenthal last August without permission and some items had been moved from their original location, she had no intention of stealing anything.
Wadlington said she was pleading guilty to avoid potential conviction and a stiffer penalty from jurors should she go to trial. She pleaded guilty in October 2003 to seconddegree forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card, for which she was given three years probation.
Wadlington, who admitted to using methamphetamine, also pleaded true to violating the terms of her probation and was assessed additional court costs, fines and attorney’s fee totaling $450.
Judge Carol C. Anthony handed the defendant a five-year suspended imposition of sentence and allowed 218 days of pre-trial incarceration credit. Wadlington was assessed an additional $400 for court costs and attorney’s fees on the residential burglary charge.
Her co-defendant, Kenneth Patrick Maroney, 23, also pleaded guilty Tuesday to residential burglary. Maroney, a first-time offender, was given three years probation and assessed fees totaling $800.
Also on Tuesday, Monica Hubbard, 27, pleaded guilty to permitting the abuse of a minor. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Caren Harp stated in court that law enforcement officials were called to Ouachita Regional Medical Center last July in reference to Hubbard’s five-year old child, who appeared to have been severely beaten.
Evidence showed that Hubbard was in the house when the beating occurred, said Harp, and that she did not take action to prevent it. Hubbard stated in court that the child is now in the custody of his grandmother. A male acquaintance of Hubbard’s was charged with abusing the child and sentenced to six years in prison.
Hubbard was given three years probation and assessed court costs, fines and attorney’s fees totaling $550. She was also ordered to sub mit to a DNA test and pay the $250 fee for test results.
The defendant, who had no prior felony con victions, said she pleaded guilty to avoid the risk of a negative outcome should she go to trial.
Others in Union County Circuit Court included: • Joseph Frazier, 33, pleaded guilty to posses sion of a controlled substance (Xanex) with intent to deliver. He was ordered to serve two years in the Community Correction Center and given a five-year suspended imposition of sentence. He was ordered to complete the long-term substance abuse program and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees total ing $400. He was assessed $250 for a DNA sample.
• Anna Marie Davis, 24, pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card. She was given three years probation and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400.
• Amber Cook, 22, pleaded guilty to posses sion of a controlled substance (Xanex) with intent to deliver and prescription fraud. She was given three years probation and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400. She was given first offender status and ordered to have her driver’s license suspended for six months.
• Brittany Grey, 18, pleaded guilty to violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law. She was given three years probation and ordered to pay restitution of $2,981.15. She was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400 and assessed $250 for a DNA sample. She also pleaded guilty to theft of property/shoplifting and was assessed an additional $400 for court costs and attorney’s fees.
• Donald Watson, 48, pleaded guilty to terroristic threatening and domestic battery, third degree. He was given a three-year suspended imposition of sentence on count one and a 12-month suspended sentence to county jail dependent on good behavior. He was assessed court costs, fines and attorney’s fees totaling $700 and assessed $250 for a DNA sample.
• Caleb Smith, 19, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (meth) and was given three years probation. He was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400 and assessed $250 for a DNA sample. His driver’s license was suspended for six months.
• Christopher Allan Covey, 31, pleaded guilty to theft by deception and was given five years probation. He was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $900.
• Willis Johnson, 20, pleaded guilty to theft of property, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given three years probation and assessed court costs and fines of $450. He was assessed $250 for a DNA sample and his driver’s license was suspended for six months. Johnson also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was given three years probation. He was assessed an additional $200 fine and court costs of $150 on that charge. • Henry Warren, 26, pleaded guilty to his second offense of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given three years probation and was assessed a $250 fee for a DNA sample. He was assessed court costs and fines totaling $450 and his driver’s license was suspended for six months.
• Rondy Williams, 22, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was given three years probation. He was assessed court costs and a fine of $150 each. He was assessed a $250 fee for a DNA sample and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
• Brenekia Miller, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery and was given three years probation. She was assessed court costs and a fine of $150 each. She was assessed a $250 fee for a DNA sample and ordered to pay restitution of $1,836.26.
• Nedra Sturdivant, 31, pleaded guilty to attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. She was given three years probation and assessed court costs, a fine and attorney’s fees totaling $550. She was assessed a $250 fee for a DNA sample.
• Judge Hamilton H. Singleton granted a fiveyear extension last Friday on Chris Pennington, 40, after the defendant pleaded true to violating the terms of his suspended imposition of sentence, with the warning that any further violations would result in a 10-year commitment to the Arkansas Department of Correction.

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