Brown pleads guilty to possession of firearm

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A man who fled from officers in Trumann last year has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm.

Jacob A. Brown, 22, who was arrested on Nov. 19, 2013, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a defaced firearm and possession of a firearm by certain persons. Brown was sentenced to 72 months in the the Arkansas Department of Correction followed by a 96-month suspended sentence on the firearms charges.

The other charges Brown faced--which included aggravated assault, posssession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing, simaltaneous possession of drugs and firearms, criminal trespassing, and failure to register as a sex offender--were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Brown was given credit for 197 days already served.

Brown was arrested following an Oct. 22 incident in which he was shot by Trumann Police officer Lt. Gary Henry after refusing to drop his weapon when ordered to do so.

According to a report by Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney ScottEllington, Trumann Police officer Det. Jared Cook and Arkansas Parole/Probation Agent Ryan Skelton had initially located Brown while conducting a home visit on Oct. 22. During the visit, they observed an open Facebook page showing contact with Brown. The resident of the home got Brown on speakerphone so officers could hear the conversation.

According to Ellington, when notified that officers were looking for him, Brown said he had a 9mm and hung up. The two officers went looking for Brown and found him in the 700 block of North Pine Avenue and a foot pursuit followed. Lt. Gary Henry, Lt. Lenny Becker, and Det. Jerry Lindsey responded to a request for backup.

When confronted by officers, Brown refused to drop his gun after being ordered to do so. According to Ellington's report, Brown pointed the gun at officers. Brown was then shot and wounded by Lt. Henry. Ellington deemed the shooting justified following an investigation by Arkansas State Police.

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