Defendant sentenced to prison
Defendant sentenced to prison
By KELI JACOBI News-T imes Staff A Union County defendant pleaded guilty to several drug charges Tuesday and received a 20-year commitment to the Arkansas Department of Correction.
Te rrence Alonzo Bell, 26, admitted in Union County Circuit Court that he maintained a drug premises and was guilty of four counts of delivering cocaine and one count of possessing cocaine. Bell also admitted to having prior drug convictions.
A warrant of arrest was issued against Bell in March following several undercover narcotics purchases from him in December 2005, according to the probable cause affi davit.
Investigators obtained a search warrant on Bell’s residence at 204 Adams St. in Smackover earlier this year, where they allege they found the defendant with prepackaged plastic bags of crack cocaine and hundreds of dollars of cash in his pants pocket.
In addition to the prison term, Bell received a fi ve-year suspended imposition of sentence. He was credited with 279 days of pre-trial incarceration credit and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400.
Also on Tuesday, Christopher Buffi ngton, 36, of El Dorado, was sentenced to a 15-year term in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges late last month.
Judge Carol C. Anthony accepted Buffi ngton’s guilty pleas to possession of a con trolled substance (cocaine) with intent to deliver, pos session of drug paraphernalia and three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (co caine) on Nov. 28, and delayed the sentence pending the de velopment of a pre-sentenc ing report.
Anthony also formally deliv ered sentencing to an El Do rado woman who was found guilty of drug charges fol lowing her trial earlier this month. Lashonna Williams, 32, was not present to hear the jury’s decision to send her to prison for a 40-year term be cause she collapsed at the end of the two-day trial in which she was found guilty of pos sessing cocaine and marijuana with intent to deliver.
Others in circuit court on Tuesday included: • Jennifer Singleton, 32, pleaded guilty to violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law. She was placed on probation for fi ve years and ordered to pay restitution of $1,892.28. She was fi ned $150 and as sessed an attorney’s fee of $250. She was ordered to pay the $250 fee for a DNA sample and assessed court costs of $150.
• Wanda Newton, 38, pleaded guilty to theft by receiving. She was placed on probation for three years and fi ned $150. She was assessed court costs of $150 and attorney’s fees of $250. She was ordered to pay restitution of $4,200 and must submit to a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.
• Eric Chapman, 22, pleaded guilty to theft by deception. He was placed on probation for three years and assessed court costs of $150. He was ordered to pay restitution of $1,100.58.
• Gary Lynn Ford, 38, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a fi rearm. He was fi ned $250 and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400.
• David Palmer pleaded true to violating the terms of his probation. His probation was extended for two years and he was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400. He was placed on probation in 2003, when he pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery.
• Jennifer Shoup pleaded true to violating the terms of her probation. She was sen tenced to two years in the Community Corrections Cen ter and may parole out into drug court. She was given 70 days of pre-trial incarcera tion credit. She was placed on probation when she pleaded guilty to seven counts of forg ery earlier this year.
• Michael R. Seay, 58, plead ed true to violating the terms of his probation. His sentenc ing is set for Feb. 20. He was placed on probation in 2005, following a guilty plea to breaking or entering and theft of property.
• Curt Vanallen Reed, 41, pleaded true to violating the terms of his probation. His sentencing is set for Jan. 23,. He was placed on probation in 2003, after pleading guilty to theft of property and residen tial burglary.