Woman sentenced to prison on forgery charge

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    NASHVILLE – A local woman accused of helping pass forged checks at a local convenience store entered a no contest plea to a charge stemming from the incident Wednesday in Howard County Circuit Court.

    Brandy Hanney, 34, was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with five suspended and ordered to pay $800 in restitution after entering the plea to a single count of accomplice to second degree forgery.
    Court documents indicate that the charge against Hanney stems from a May 2014 investigation that began when city police received a report of four illicit transactions made at Road Mart between April 25-26. An affidavit of arrest prepared by Investigator Larry Marion alleges that officers used surveillance video to discover Hanney passing the checks while her sister worked at the store.
    During a subsequent interview, Hanney allegedly told police her sister, Mary Ledbetter, had summoned her to the store to cash a check on her behalf, a practice that would be against its employment policies if it had been done by Ledbetter herself.
    “Brandy stated that she went to the store and May brought her a check outside. Brandy then went into the store and purchased a few items and gave Mary the check for the merchandise,” Marion wrote in the affidavit. “Brandy stated that she gave the extra money from the check to Mary’s husband [and that] Mary had told her she received the check from someone for doing some work.”
    In addition to her prison term for the most recent charge, Hanney was also sentenced to a pair of concurrent five year terms Wednesday during probation revocation hearings on two underlying charges of second degree forgery from 2013.
    Other court news from Wednesday included the following:
    • Lawrence Benson, 18, of Nashville, entered not guilty pleas to three counts of commercial burglary and one count of theft of property. He was ordered to return to court Sept. 16.
    • David Bentley, 50, of Nashville, entered not guilty pleas to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance enhanced by proximity to certain facilities and was ordered to return to court Oct. 7.
    • Lecorey Conway, 25, of Hope, entered not guilty pleas to charges of first degree false imprisonment, felony fleeing and driving on a suspended license. He was ordered to return to court ept. 16.
    • Jamar Ellis, 23, of Lewisville, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of fourth degree sexual assault and was ordered to return to court Oct. 7.
    • Prince Thomas, 35, of Nashville, entered not guilty pleas to charges of possessing methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing. He was ordered to return to court Oct. 7.
    • Danielle Murphy, 26, of Nashville, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of second degree forgery and was ordered to return to court Oct. 7.
    • Deangelo Coulter, 20, whose city of residence is unlisted in court documents, entered not guilty pleas to three counts of commercial burglary and one count of theft of property. He was ordered to return to court Sept. 16.
    • Orlando White, 29, of Nashville, entered a not guilty plea to charge of second degree domestic battery and was ordered to return to court Sept. 16.
    • Terry Hopson, 22, of Jessieville, entered a guilty plea to charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to five years of probation and 120 days in an Arkansas Community Correction center in addition to being fined $1,500.
    • John Young, 47, of Nashville, entered a guilty plea to charges of possessing methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and 120 days in an Arkansas Community Correction center in addition to being fined $1,500.
    • Joe Hendrix, 29, of Mineral Springs, entered a guilty plea to a charge of delivering methamphetamine and was sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with five suspended.
    • David Howard, 46, of Nashville, entered a guilty plea to charges of possessing marijuana and methamphetamine, and was sentenced to five years of probation and 120 days in an Arkansas Community Correction center in addition to being fined $1,500.
    • Dalton Jordan, 23, of Nashville, entered a guilty plea to charges of residential burglary and theft of property. He was sentenced to four years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with two suspended and a judicial transfer to an Arkansas Community Correction center. The sentence is to run concurrent with a 12 month sentence for probation revocation in Pike County on an underlying charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.