Strong sentences were handed down for drug and sex crimes on Feb. 11 in Independence County Circuit Court, according to a release from the 16th Judicial District offices. The cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hance and Deputy Prosecutor Kellye Barber. Judge Tim Weaver presided.
Frank Shawn Dickens (pictured above, left), 47, was sentenced to a total of 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections in separate cases, the release said. Dickens was arrested last year when law enforcement officers from the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department, Stone County Sheriff’s Department, Concord Police Department, and Mountain View Police Department executed a search warrant at Dickens’ residence in the Almond community in Independence County.
As a result of the search, Dickens was charged with eight felonies, which included possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of firearms, and theft by receiving.
Because Dickens had previous felony charges, he was charged as a habitual offender and subject to an extended term of imprisonment. Dickens was sentenced to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on the Independence County charges, and to 10 years in ADC on pending felony drug charges in Cleburne County. The two sentences will run concurrent with each other.
And an online crime netted a Batesville man five years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
According to the release, Tython Jungers (pictured above, right), 28, pled guilty to internet stalking of a child, a Class B felony, for pursuing a sexual relationship with a minor female online. The case was part of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children program.
Last month a Mississippi man was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and 10 years suspended imposition of sentence for internet stalking of a child. Like Jungers, the man had responded to a profile created by the sheriff department’s Internet Crimes Against Children program.
Images via Independence County Sheriff’s Department
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