A 22-year-old Mammoth Spring man will be spending at least the next 19 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Justin Davis, 22, was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault, first degree battery, forgery, felon in possession of a firearm and probation revocation from two other first degree battery charges from 2006.
Davis pleaded guilty to all of the charges during his April 16 court appearance. At that time he was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, $150 in court costs, $250 to the DNA fund and a $20 booking fee.
He is currently in the Sharp County Jail awaiting transport to prison once there is room for him. The earliest he will be released from custody is April 23, 2027.
Hardy Police Officer Carrol Traw was called to a home on North Spring Street the night of March 24 in response to a stabbing.
When Traw arrived, he saw Joel Neal with a stab wound to his back, a stab wound to his arm and a cut to the forehead.
The occupants of the home, Melinda Lee, Jerry Evans, Brandon Holbrook and Neal, told Traw that Davis came to the home carrying a gun. When Neal attempted to take the gun away, the gun fired. Evans eventually took the gun away from Davis. When Neal confronted Davis, Davis stabbed Neal with a large hunting knife.
The group told Traw that Davis left the home driving a red Pontiac Firebird. Traw then placed a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Davis and the vehicle.
A little later, Ravenden Officer Tim McComas observed the car in his town and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Rather than stopping, the car led McComas on a chase that ended when Davis lost control of his vehicle on a gravel road in Randolph County. McComas' vehicle was also damaged in the pursuit.
Davis was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of a large blood stained knife held in a sheath on his belt. A Rossi pump .22 rifle was found inside Davis's car.
Around 6:55 p.m. March 18, now former Ash Flat Officer Tamara Roberts received a call from Sharp County Dispatch informing her that a white male had written a suspicious check at Flash Market in Ash Flat.
After receiving the call, Roberts called the store and spoke with the clerk. The clerk said Davis had came into the station and purchased $38 in fuel, three honey buns, a drink and a $100 fuel card. Davis paid for his items by writing a $140.68 check signed by Robin Peacock.
When the clerk ran the check and driver's license number through the "Check Alert" system after Davis left the store, it showed the account the check had been written on was closed.
The clerk then called the phone number listed on the check and spoke to Peacock who told her Davis knew the account had been closed. The clerk immediately deactivated the fuel card and called authorities.
Peacock told Roberts that she and Davis had a relationship but had broken up more than three weeks before, she said.