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Defendants enter pleas in court


By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff Several area defendants pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug-related charges in Union County Circuit Court and were given varying prison sentences by Circuit Judge Carol C. Anthony.
Anthony handed a 15-year prison term to Trayshun Champion, 28, after he admitted that he sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant on three separate occasions last year.
"I sold a little bit to support my habit," Champion said, following his guilty plea to three felony counts of delivering crack cocaine. He received 15 years in prison for each count; the terms will run concurrently.
After Champion also admitted he violated probationary guidelines, Anthony handed the defendant an additional ve-year term to run consecutive to the 15-year prison term. He was originally sentenced to probation following his guilty plea to felony drug charges in In addition to the prison sentence, Champion was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees.
Also on Tuesday, 21-yearold Stacy Dunn pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and fi rearms. The drug charges surfaced following the execution of a search warrant issued on Dunn’s residence earlier this year, according to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Caren Harp. Dunn was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each count; the terms will run concurrently.
Dunn also entered a guilty plea to fi rst-degree terroristic threatening against a police offi cer and was handed an additional six-year prison sentence. He was given a fi ve-year suspended imposition of sentence and was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees.
David Brown, 26, was sentenced to 12 years in prison following his admission to being a habitual offender and being in possession of ecstasy. He was ordered to long-term substance abuse treatment and handed an additional fi veyear suspended imposition of sentence. He was assessed court costs of $150.
Others pleading guilty on Tuesday included: • John Lowery, 42, to possession of a fi rearm by a certain person. He was sentenced to three years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and given a three-year suspended imposition of sentence. He was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400. He also was sentenced to three years in the ADC and given another three-year suspended imposition of sentence following his guilty plea to failing to comply with reporting guidelines as a sex offender.
• Quinterius D. Tidwell to sexual indecency with a child and residential burglary. Charges of false imprisonment and an additional sexual indecency count were dropped through plea negotiations. His sentencing is set for Sept. 19. • Reginald Barnes, 34, to aggravated assault, felon in possession of a fi rearm and habitual offender status. He was given a one-year suspended imposition of sentence on each count. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim and was allowed credit for time served in the county jail. He was assessed court costs of $150.
• Christopher T. Canford, 30, to forgery. He was ordered to pay restitution to Wal-Mart in the amount of $545.96 and assessed court costs of $150. He was also fi ned $150.
• Adam Estes, 32, to failing to register as a sex offender. He was given a three-year suspended imposition of sentence and fi ned $150. He was assessed court costs of $150. • Kenneth Lee, 32, to second-degree battery, amended from fi rst-degree battery. He was given three years probation and assessed court costs of $150. He was given fi rst-offender status.
• Laquita Peel, 24, to possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). She was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400 and her sentence was taken under advisement. • Rico Swift, 31, to aggravated assault. Charges of habitual offender status and possession of a fi rearm by a certain person were dropped during plea negotiations. He was fi ned $500 and ordered to have no contact with his victim. He was assessed court costs of $150.
• Chance McMurray, 19, to possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). Charges of possession of marijuana were dropped through plea negotiations. He was given three years probation and assessed court costs of $150. His driver’s license was suspended for three months.
• Halving Ray Boone, 47, to violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law. He was assessed a $100 fi ne and $150 in court costs. He was given a fi veyear suspended imposition of sentence and ordered to pay $3,336.02 in restitution.
• James E. Cox, 46, to possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia and habitual offender status. He admitted he had four prior felony convictions and that all of them were drug-related. He was ordered to drug court and assessed a treatment fee of $600. He was ordered to follow treatment recommendations and assessed court costs of $150 and attorney’s fees of $250. He was given fi ve years probation and fi ned $10 on each count.
• Gwinda Watson to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Charges of possession of meth and ecstasy were dropped. She was given fi ve years probation and assessed court costs of $150 and fi ned $150. She was assessed attorney’s fees of $250.
• Kevin Gilbert, 29, to misdemeanor charges of fl eeing, amended from felony fl eeing charges. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor after admitting he led police on a chase with his two-year-old daughter unrestrained in the back seat of his car. He pleaded guilty to possessing an instrument of crime after police found scales in his car. He was fi ned $100 and assessed court costs of $150 on each count. He was given a one-year suspended imposition of sentence in the county jail on each count.
• Michael Eggleston, 26, to assault on a family member, amended from felony to misdemeanor charges. He was fi ned $150 and assessed court costs of $150. He admitted to slinging his wife onto North We st Avenue in January and hitting her on the head, causing injury to her ear.
• Charles Knight, 35, to obstructing government operations, amended from felony failure to comply with reporting as a sex offender. Knight said he registered in Louisiana when he went to help with clean-up efforts for Katrina victims, but failed to notify Union County. He was fi ned $150, assessed court costs of $150 and ordered to pay $250 in attorney’s fees.
• Melissa Thurmon, 26, to possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. She was given three years probation and assessed court costs of $150 and attorney’s fees of $250. Her driver’s license was suspended for six months.
• Michael Vincent McDaniel, 37, to violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law. He was ordered to pay $1,854.31 in restitution and given three years probation. He was assessed court costs of $150 and attorney’s fees of $250.
• Patrick Owens, 37, to fi rstdegree forgery. He was given one year in county jail and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400. He was given a three-year suspended imposition of sentence.
• Carey McPherson, 43, pleaded true to two separate incidences of violating the terms of his probation. His probation was extended three years and he was given 120 days credit for time already served in county jail. He was ordered to pay off old fi nes and costs in his older case.

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