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Fulton awaits rest of McFadden money

Friday, June 20, 2003

Fulton County has received only a portion of the $70,000 that Bill McFadden, 34, and his wife, Jennifer, 28, agreed to pay as part of their plea agreement at their pre-trial hearing June 2 to avoid a prison term. Sheriff Lloyd Martz said Mrs. McFadden still owes the county over $8,500 and McFadden owes around $5,000.

Martz said jailer Katie Gower is in charge of distributing the money to the proper departments. The sheriff said Gower would have everything finalized by the end of the month. He said until the paperwork is complete he doesn't know which departments will receive money from the judgment.

A civil lawsuit filed by the state June 20, 2002, was disposed of as part of the plea. McFadden agreed to forfeit $3,650 seized by the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force. He also forfeited a firearm that was seized during the drug raid in May of 2002.

A third suspect in the drug raid last year, Shane Shipp, has been sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

During McFadden's sentencing Muskie Harris, director of community relations at Sober Living, testified that McFadden had tested positive for methamphetamine after he returned to the facility from his job in Little Rock the weekend before the pre-trial hearing.

McFadden was ordered to pay $45,600 to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office to avoid a possible 40-year sentence. One condition of his plea agreement stipulates he must reside as an in-patient at Sober Living for 12 months.

Mrs. McFadden was ordered to pay court costs amounting to $150, a fine of $1,000 and a contribution of $25,350 to Fulton County for a total of $26,500. She was ordered to pay her fines the same day of sentencing. The court declined to prosecute two counts of manufacturing a controlled substance.

The pleas are a result of a two-day raid after law enforcement officers learned of a possible methamphetamine lab on Fryatt Cemetery Road near Mammoth Spring.

During surveillance of the area agents observed items that led to the issuance of a search warrant on the property of one of the suspect's family members, as well as a search of the residence of one of the suspects.

Officers searched the McFadden residence in Hardy and discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

McFadden was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine; use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia; and felony in possession of a firearm.

Mrs. McFadden and Shipp were charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia.



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