7 sentenced during busy Pike County docket
Seven defendants were sentenced Monday during a busy post-holiday docket in Pike County Circuit Court.
Those sentenced included:
Brook Smith, 25, of Glenwood, pleaded “true” to the charge of residential burglary stemming from a 2007 case. Smith was sentenced to two years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with one year suspended and credited for time served.
Larry Thomas Neill, 54, of Gurdon, pleaded “no contest” to the charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Neill was sentenced to three years of probation and fine $500 plus related court costs.
Shawn Flaherty, 32, of Kirby, pleaded “no contest” to the charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Flaherty was sentenced to four years of probation and 180 days in the Community Corrections Center. He was also fined $500. A charge of possession of a firearm by a certain person was “nolle prossed” by the prosecutor.
Trevis L. Hubbs, 22, of Mena, pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hubbs was sentenced to four years in the ADC with two years suspended and fined related court costs.
Heath Galloway, 23, of Glenwood, pleaded “no contest” to the charge of theft by receiving. Galloway was sentenced to four years in the ADC with two years suspended and ordered to pay $120 restitution to Right On Pawn.
Candy Ray Crow, 30, of Glenwood, pleaded “no contest” to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Crow was sentenced to four years of probation and fined $1,500 plus related court costs.
Mitchell D. Parsons, 42, of Newhope, pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a firearm by a certain person. Parsons was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $500 plus related court costs. He also forfeited a weapon involved in the case.
Okolona man arraigned
Also Monday in Pike County, John Wallace Leeper, 53, of Okolona pleaded not guilty to the felony charges of fleeing and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.
On Dec. 14, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a call from the Antoine store stating Leeper was at the business and appeared intoxicated. When deputies arrived, they located Leeper’s car leaving a nearby resident. Leeper allegedly fled in the vehicle and a pursuit began during which Leeper drove at a high rate of speed by three small children sitting on a parked four-wheeler. Court records noted Leeper’s vehicle passed within three to four feet from the children. He was later arrested after driving down a dead-end street.
In addition to the felony charges, Leeper is being charged with misdemeanor DWI#2, possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. Leeper’s bond was set at $7,5000 and a Feb. 4 pretrial date has been set.
Delight man’s first appearance
In other court business Monday, Jonathan P. Cheek, 30, of Delight made a first appearance on the felony charges of aggravated assault on a family or household member, possession of a firearm by a certain person and theft by receiving. Cheek was arrested on Dec. 30 and charges against him were filed Jan. 7.
According to case information, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call by Robert Cheek who stated his son, Jonathon, had shot at him and “was going crazy.” The elder Cheek said him and his son had an argument and he was trying to leave when Jonathon allegedly fired two shots in his direction.
The father told Deputy Shaun Furr that his son had a .410 shotgun which “might be hot” and that he had been trying to sell the weapon prior to the incident. The father also feared his son may have hurt himself.
After confronting Jonathon Cheek about the situation at a home on Bryce Horton Road, Deputy Furr noted the son denied the father’s accusations and also denied having a gun. The deputy had already seen a shotgun by this time, laying on the floor behind a chair.
The son eventually admitted he had a gun, which he stated he had gotten from David Humphry because Humphry owed him money and that the gun “might be hot” or stolen. Deputy Furr ran a check on the gun and it returned stolen out of Pike County. The deputy also confirmed Jonathon Cheek was a convicted felony and he was arrested without incident.
During an interview the following day, Cheek said he was highly intoxicated during the incident and had no recollection of the events that led to his arrest.