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Murfreesboro woman sentenced to ADC Monday

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MURFREESBORO—A Murfreesboro woman arrested after an undercover drug buy entered a guilty plea to three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge in Pike County Circuit Court Monday.
Fifty-one-year-old Rex Ann Charles was sentenced to a total of ten years with six years suspended in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for the charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, a class D felony; delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, a class C felony; possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, a class D felony; and possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.
Charles was sentenced to six years with two suspended for the charge of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine; six years with two suspended for the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia; one year in the county jail for the charge of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana; and ten years with six suspended for the charge of delivery of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. The sentences are to all run concurrent and 32-days of jail time credit was given.
Charles was arrested on Wednesday, December 2. According to the affidavit of arrest, Pike County Chief Deputy David Shelby made contact with a confidential informant regarding setting up a buy of controlled substances. The confidential informant agreed to assist and they made arrangements to purchase one gram of methamphetamine from Charles.
Chief Deputy Shelby and a female deputy met with the informant to verify they had no money, drugs or paraphernalia on their person. After verification, the informant was given $80 in cash (four $20 bills) that had been photocopied and recorded for the operation.
The informant contacted Charles and Charles agreed to meet them in the Bumper to Bumper parking lot in Murfreesboro for the drug transaction.
Chief Deputy Shelby and Pike County Deputy George Donaldson went to the immediate area and waited for Charles to arrive and for the purchase to take place.
While the officers were waiting they observed Charles and Robin Atterberry approach the informant in the parking lot. A hand to hand transaction was seen taking place between the informant, Charles and Atterberry with the money and a plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine being exchanged simultaneously.
Both Charles and Atterberry left the parking lot and began walking towards the highway and Chief Deputy Shelby and Deputy Donaldson initiated contact with them and placed them both under arrest.
The money used in the transaction and the plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine were both recovered. A female officer with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office arrived to do a search and transport Charles. During the search on Charles, a glass pipe typically used for smoking methamphetamine was found in her front hoodie pocket.
Both Charles and Atterberry were transported to the Pike County Detention Center. Chief Deputy Shelby asked Charles for consent to search her vehicle that was located at a nearby residence in Murfreesboro. Charles gave written consent and told Chief Deputy Shelby that she had drugs in her car.
During the search of the vehicle officers found one plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine and two plastic bags containing suspected marijuana.
According to the affidavit of arrest, during an interview with Chief Deputy Shelby and Pike County Detective Glen Hankins, Charles waived her Miranda rights and agreed to talk with the officers.
During the interview Charles admitted to selling a bag of methamphetamines and that she had other drugs on her and in her car. She also said that Atterberry knew they were going to meet someone in the parking lot and that they were going to sell them a bag of methamphetamines.
After the interview Chief Deputy Shelby made contact with Circuit Judge Tom Cooper by telephone and Judge Cooper set Charles’ bond at $50,000.
In other court news:
A failure to appear bench warrant was issued for Rachel Blount. She was charged with contempt—fines for the original charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent.
Cole Beebe made a first appearance for charges of probation revocation and possession of a controlled substance—marijuana (second offense). He will return Jan. 22.
Joseph Rather was charged with two charges probation revocation, possession of a controlled substance—marijuana (second offense) and delivery of a controlled substance—marijuana, possession of a controlled substance with a purpose, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He will return March 14 for pretrial and March 24 for trial.
Kyle Ward made a first appearance for charges of probation revocation, residential burglary and theft of property. He will return Jan. 22.
Jocelyn Hope was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug premises, and manufacturing/possessing or transporting a controlled substance. She failed drug court sentencing and her trial was continued to Jan. 22.
Joshua Smith was charged with theft of property. He is to return on Jan. 22 for pretrial motions and new charges. He will go to trial Jan. 28.
David J. Compton was charged with furnishing, possessing or using prohibited articles and possession of a controlled substance schedule VI—marijuana. His trial was continued to pretrial on March 14 and trial on March 24.
Brianna Hearn was charged with accomplice to residential burglary and accomplice to theft of property. Her trial was continued to pretrial on March 14 and trial on March 24.
Rodney Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance schedule II—methamphetamine. His trial was continued to pretrial on March 14 and trial on March 24.
Cody Comeaux wa charged with violation of the Arkansas hot check law. His trial was continued to pretrial on Feb. 1 and trial on Feb. 18.
Matthew Lomashewich was charged with aggravated assault. He is to return Jan. 22 for a plea, if no plea is given he will return Jan. 28 for trial.
Jerry Reid was sentenced to five years probation and given a $1,500 fine after entering a guilty plea to accomplice to aggravated assault. A charge of third degree battery was nolle prossed and he is to have no contact with the victim.
Bruce Smith was charged with possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He will return Jan. 22 to be assessed for drug court.
Andrew Pipkins was charged with two charges of residential burglary, two charges of theft of property, criminal mischief, and furnishing/possessing or using prohibited articles. His trial was continued to pretrial on March 14 and trial on March 24.
Hollis Guidry failed drug court sentencing for the charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jonathan Rather was charged possession of a controlled substance with a purpose, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He is to return March 14 for pretrial and March 24 for trial.
A failure to appear bench warrant was issued for April Tregear for the charge of violation of the Arkansas hot check law.
Austin Holmes was charged with third degree domestic battery. He will return March 14 for pretrial and March 24 for trial.
Nena O’Neal gave a guilty plea to a charge of commercial burglary and was sentenced to five years probation, fined $1,500 and must pay restitution. A charge of theft of property was nolle prossed.
Christopher Ledbetter was sentenced to five years probation, fined $1,500 and must pay restitution for a charge of commercial burglary. A charge of theft of property was nolle prossed.
Jeremy Jewell entered a no contest plea to a charge of aggravated assault on a household/family member. He was sentenced to two years probation and fined $2,000. Charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and domestic battery were nolle prossed.
The following made first appearances:
Buc Sloan, possession of a firearm by a certain person. A $50,000 bond was given and he is to return Jan. 11.
Cody Burnett, possession of a firearm by a certain person. He is to return Jan. 11.
Stephen Thornton is to return Jan. 11.
Belinda Walton is to return Jan. 11.
Odie Daves is to return Jan. 11.
Rex Tolleson is to return Jan. 11.
Christy Pierce was given a $25,000 bond and is to return Jan. 11.
Edward Young is to return Feb. 8.

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