Three habitual offenders, in three different cases, are headed to the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC), according to a release from the 16th Judicial District office.
All pled guilty in Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville on Sept. 11. All had previously been convicted of more than four prior felonies, which means that the charges were enhanced under the habitual offender law.
Convicted are: William Jason Medley, Richard Wiltrout, and Jared Wilson Bates.
Medley (pictured above), 39, was sentenced to 15 years in ADC on four felony charges: possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine, and hindering apprehension. Medley was arrested on June 21, for hindering apprehension of Richard Wiltrout who was being sought on outstanding felony warrants. (For more on this story, click here.)
Wiltrout (pictured above), 44, who had a record of 11 previous felony charges, was sentenced to 10 years in ADC plus 10 years suspended imposition of sentence. Wiltrout was convicted in 2018 of a felony charge of furnishing prohibited articles inside a detention facility and a misdemeanor possession charge.
Wiltrout was arrested on June 22 on outstanding felony warrants and was found with illegal substances which resulted in charges and his conviction on three felony charges: possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a failure to appear charge.
Bates (pictured above), 34, was sentenced to 10 years in ADC plus 10 years suspended imposition of sentence on four felony charges, stemming from two different arrests. In 2017, Bates was convicted of possession methamphetamine (two to 10 grams) and in 2018, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing, and three counts of failure to appear.
The cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hance and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kellye Barber. Judge Tim Weaver presided.
Images via Independence County Sheriff’s Department
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