Circuit Court Judge David Talley heard several cases Thursday in the criminal division of Columbia County Circuit Court and sent several men to prison.
The longest prison sentence handed down was 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction to Franklin Dewayne Broomfield.
Broomfield, 46, plead guilty to an aggravated assault case on a family member on February 14 and an aggravated assault on another person the same day. Broomfield also possessed a firearm after being prohibited against having a firearm.
“The record shows you have been convicted of a felony and were not supposed to have a gun and you threatened someone outside the family a couple weeks later with another gun,” Talley said.
The record showed that Broomfield had four more felonies under his belt prior to “snapping,” and carrying out assaults on Valentine’s Day.
“There are counseling opportunities at ADC and you are going to have to figure out something to do with the rest of your life,” Talley said. “You’ve got to get through this snapping part.”
Talley sentenced Brent Sprayberry to ADC for 10 years for violating his probation by taking K-2, the synthetic marijuana substance, on separate occasions and for burglarizing his stepfather’s home and mother’s home for a total of four guns to sell in exchange for K-2 at a retail store parking lot.
Public defender Jessica Yarbrough asked the judge to consider sending her client to another rehabilitation facility for help getting clean. Sprayberry had already completed a six-month program and went back to taking the substance.
“He knows the continued use of K-2 is going to kill him,” she said.
When Talley sentenced Sprayberry he told him he must ask to be put in the prison’s substance abuse program and told him if he didn’t, there were 18 more years to which he could be sentenced.
“If you choose to waste your life, I would just as soon you waste it in the ADC,” Talley said. “What I don’t want to think of is your mother as she reads you are dead in the parking lot of a Dollar General because they gave you something you weren’t expecting.”
Antonio Jamerson received a six-year sentence to ADC for revocation of his probation. Jamerson had broken his probation by possessing a firearm, fleeing a vehicle causing danger, testing positive for marijuana, reckless driving with license canceled or suspended, a refusal to submit himself and his vehicle for search and seizure and for failing to pay court costs and fees.
Dion Cooper was sentenced to three years in the ADC for possessing of a firearm after being prohibited against the possession of a firearm.
Jeremy Shirron’s probation was revoked and he was sentenced to two years in Arkansas Community Corrections. Shirron was delinquent in restitution, court costs and fees and had tested positive for marijuana. Talley ordered Shirron to complete the long-term substance abuse program at the ACC before his release.
Robert Bedwell’s probation was revoked and he was sentenced to two years in the ACC. Bedwell denied having used steroids but did test positive for another illegal drug on June 26. Another charge against Bedwell was residential burglary.
Yarbrough pleaded with the judge to give Bedwell the opportunity to check into an outpatient drug rehabilitation facility because he had a child on the way. Talley said no and that the child was already on the way at the time the crimes were committed. He told Bedwell he had not yet charged him with a habitual offender charge and if he did then he would put him in jail for 32 years.
Stacy Williams’ probation was revoked and he was sentenced to three years in the ADC for a May 18 charge of domestic battery, testing positive for opioids, marijuana and benzodiazepines, driving with a suspended license, and being delinquent in court costs and fees. Williams also failed to register as a sex offender but said he was railroaded when put on probation for that charge.
“I know I messed up,” Williams said. “Just give me another chance, I’ll show you. I’ll pay my fees in full.”
Talley refused Williams’ request.
“You have demonstrated to me you are not willing to follow the law,” he said. “While you don’t think laws matter, I do.”
Daniel Harvin plead guilty to DWI, criminal mischief and terroristic threatening on May 23. Talley asked Harvin if he remembered that night and he said he did not. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Rainwater said the state’s proof was that Harvin ran over mailboxes on West University and then refused to take the breathalyzer when police came to the scene. Harvin also punched a hole in the wall at the police station and threatened to kill police officers and medical personnel at the hospital.
Talley asked Harvin if he remembered anything about that night and he said he did not.
Talley told Harvin if he was ever going to get his license back, he was going to have to go to alcohol classes and warned him not to mess this chance up. Harvin will be placed in the Alternative Sentencing Program which entails educational requirements, drug testing and community service.
Diamond Talley, in court for revocation of suspended imposition of sentence, was found to have violated his SIS multiple times by possessing marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, being around people he was told not to interact with and domestic battery in the third degree. Another incident against Talley was riding in the car with someone who had a firearm that was found when the police made a traffic stop.
Yarbrough said her client would like to relocate to Georgia where his sister is district manager of a retail store chain. She said this would allow him to pay his court fees and restitution.
Diamond Talley’s case is scheduled for disposition on October 17.
Robert Smith’s case was passed to October 3 with an extended period because the state prosecutor needed to contact the victim prior to making an offer.
Brandon Sharp, facing two revocations of SIS charges and a charge of possessing a firearm after being prohibited against the possession of a firearm will be back in court on September 19. Rainwater said the state will be offering him six years of prison time as things stand now.
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