Former jailer enters guilty plea to felony

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    MURFREESBORO—Former Pike County Jailer Adam Jones entered a guilty plea to a felony charge in Pike County Circuit Court Monday.
    Jones, 34 of Dierks entered the guilty plea to a Class D Felony charge of theft of property. He was also charged with a class A misdemeanor charge of theft of property.
    Jones was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $500. It was also ordered that he pay $650 in restitution.
    The two charges against Jones stem from a jail incident investigation that began on Nov. 10, 2015 when it was discovered that an inmate’s property was missing.
    According to the affidavit of arrest, Manuel Overa-Moran had been booked into the facility on Oct. 25 by Jailer Rodney Haney. Haney documented a personal property record that listed Overa-Moran to be in possession of a brown leather wallet, earrings and $581 in cash.
    Immigration Services arrived at the Pike County Detention Facility Nov. 10 to assume custody of Overa-Moran and during the book-out process Jailer Dale Hartley discovered that the items listed on Overa-Moran’s personal property record were missing.
    Hartley alerted book-in officer Haney of the missing property. A jail incident began and a search of the facility was conducted, but the property was not located and Immigration Services were unable to take Overa-Moran into custody.
    According to the report, initially all of the jail staff was contacted about the property and the only employee to acknowledge the missing property was Jones whose initial statement was that he had released the missing property to a Hispanic female that he believed to be Olvera-Moran’s sister.
    Following Jones’ statement a video search of the facility was conducted. After review of all the footage, Jones was observed entering the property box of Olvera-Moran. Further review of the footage discredited Jones’ statement about Olvera-Moran signing a property release, nor does any Hispanic female ever enter the Pike County Detention Facility and receive released property within the time frame between Olvera-Moran’s book-in and attempted release when the property was discovered missing.
    On Nov. 19, Jones was interviewed about the incident. After being read his Miranda rights he said that he released the property to a Hispanic female, but could not remember the time, date or what happened to the property release form required by policy at the Pike County Detention Facility. Jones also provided his statement in writing.
    Later that day, Overa-Moran was released to Immigration Services after he signed a letter acknowledging he was leaving the facility without his property and named his brother, Francisco Lavier Hernandez, the designee of his missing property if it was recovered.
    A statement was issued to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department by Ludgereen Renee Elisea, an interpreter acting on behalf of Overa-Moran and his brother Carmelo Olvera-Moran. Manuel Olvera-Moran had previously contacted his brother Carmelo Olvera-Moran and requested that he cancel his missing Bank of America debit card. The statement said that the missing wallet contained a Bank of America debit card and a Mexican ID issued by the Mexican Consulate, along with the missing cash.
    Jones was interviewed once more about the missing items on Nov. 24. During this interview Jones admitted to stealing the wallet from Overa-Moran’s property box and removing the cash. He said he discarded the wallet in a manila envelope and stored it in a trash bag in the property room during his shift on Saturday, Nov. 7.
    Jones was arrested and bond was set in the amount of $5,000 by Pike County Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan.
    In other court news:
    William Harris will return March 7 for a charge of interference with custody.
    Jeremiah Johnson will return Feb. 8 for charges of burglary and theft of property.
    James Schuffelberger entered a guilty plea to second degree forgery, breaking and entering and theft of property. He was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $500. He must pay restitution in the amount of $300.
    Brittany Pearson will return Feb. 8 for a charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
    Christa Davis will be reviewed for probation revocation on March 7.
    Charles William, Jr. was charged with internet stalking of a child. Pre-trial was set for April 11 and trial for April 28.
    James Humphry will return for pre-trial on April 11 and trial on April 28 for charges of possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled substance.
    Cody Comeaux entered a guilty plea to a charge of violation of the Arkansas hot check law. He was sentenced to five years probation and must pay restitution in the amount of $8,953.92.
    Angelo Quiroz, Jr. will return Feb. 8 for a plea on charges of residential burglary, theft of property, fleeing.
    Daniel Irvin entered a guilty plea to a charge of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500. Charges of residential burglary and theft of property were nolle prossed.
    Daniel Lamb will return for pre-trial on April 11 and trial on April 28 for charges of breaking and entering and theft of property.
    Jerry Deal was charged with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will return on Feb. 8 for a possible plea or on Feb. 18 for trial.
    Karrie Hanney entered a no contest plea to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to four years in the ADC with two suspended. A charge of possession of a controlled substance with purpose was nolle prossed.
    Kaitlin Hartley will return April 11 for pre-trial and April 28 for trial for a charge of first degree criminal mischief.
    Paula Hill will return April 11 for pre-trial and April 28 for trial for a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Charley Howard entered a guilty plea to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined $500 and sentenced to three years probation.
    Andrea Anderson entered a guilty plea to a charge of filing a false report. She was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $500.
    William Rather entered a guilty plea to a charge of failure to comply. He was sentenced to three years in the ADC with two suspended.
    Colten Burk entered a guilty plea to a charge of failure to comply. He was sentenced to five years in the ADC with two suspended and a charge of possession of a firearm was nolle prossed. Jail time credit was given.
    Kay Burk entered a guilty plea to a charge of second degree forgery. She was sentenced to five years in the ADC with two years suspended and must pay restitution of $2,780.
    Kimberly Cagle will return March 7 for Drug Court assessment. She was charged with second degree forgery.
    Michael Cates will return April 11 for pre-trial and April 28 for trial on charges of second degree battery, first degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
    Stanley Rucker will return April 11 for pre-trial and April 28 for trial for a charge of defrauding creditor.
    Jeremy Jackson made a first appearance and will return Feb. 8 for his formal arraignment. A bond of $25,000 was set.
    Kimberly Baugher made a first appearance and will return Feb. 8.

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