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Two year-old case resolved

Thursday, September 13, 2007

An over two year old case was finally resolved during the meeting of Fulton County Circuit Court Sept. 5.

Sheila Odor, 45, of Memphis was sentenced to 12 months in the Fulton County Jail for her involvement in the July 24, 2005, deaths of two Koshkonong men.

Odor's original felony manslaughter charges were pled down to two counts of misdemeanor negligent homicide, despite causing the car collision that took the lives of Ernest L. Billingsley, 61, and his passenger Alex G. Billingsley, 40, while in a drug induced state, according to the official police report.

The report filed by investigating officer Cpl. Todd Shaw said that around 11:55 a.m. Ernest was traveling south along Highway 9, 11 miles north of Salem when Odor, who was traveling in the opposite lane, crossed her vehicle over the center line, directly into Billingsley's path.

The elder Billingsley was pronounced dead at the scene, and Alex was transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Odor refused medical treatment but was taken to the Fulton County Hospital for a blood and urine drug and alcohol screening. Though she was negative for alcohol, Odor tested positive for benzodiazepines, cannabinoids and opiates, all controlled substances.

Negotiations also kept the court day busy as well.

Bradley Herron, 36, of Salem was sentenced to 36 months probations after negotiating a no contest plea for his Feb. 18 felony possession of meth and drug paraphernalia arrest.

Herron's arrest occurred after he drew attention to himself by traveling too close behind a truck in a vehicle with a broken windshield, according to Arkansas State Trooper Ronnie Stewart.

After initiating the traffic stop, Stewart said he became increasingly suspicious of Herron as he exhibited nervous behavior and an agitated attitude.

After he failed sobriety tests, Stewart searched Herron's car and found various, hidden amounts of marijuana, several pieces of drug paraphernalia, multiple smoking devices and a jewelry-sized Zip-lock bag of methamphetamine.

Charles A. Clements, 23, of Hardy, Ashley Rock, 23, of Ash Flat and Matthew Taylor, 23 of Rolla, Mo., were each sentenced to 60 months probation after pleading no contest to their Feb. 27 arrests for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The three were charged after Probation and Parole Officer Gary Clayton went to conduct a home visit at a Hardy woman's residence where Clements, Rock and Taylor were visiting.

During the visit Clayton and accompanying Fulton County deputies found numerous new and used syringes, four metal spoons covered with a white residue and multiple containers of methamphetamine.

Robert Winegardner, 25, of Thayer was also sentenced to 36 months probation after negotiating a no contest plea for his June 25 burglary of The Spring Dipper ice cream shop in Mammoth Spring.

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