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Ford and Davis receive prison sentences

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

At the Nov. 22 session of Fulton County Circuit Court, two Salem men received prison sentences in long pending cases.

Mark Ford

Mark Ford, 24, was arrested on Oct. 19, 2010, when his girlfriend was critically injured after being stabbed numerous times in a knife attack at his home at the West Side Apartments in Salem.

In a May 2011 court hearing, Ford became unruly and was sentenced to six months of additional jail time for Contempt of Court, after arguing with Judge Tim Weaver. Ford then attacked Deputy William Fawcett when he was returned to the jail.

The charges against Ford have been on hold since May, when he was found unfit to stand trial following a mental health evaluation.

On Nov. 22, Ford was back in the custody of the Sheriff's Department, after being released from treatment by the Department of Human Resources.

During a court appearance, Ford pleaded guilty to Domestic Battery First Degree and Battery Second Degree.

Judge Weaver sentenced Ford to 96-months in prison. Ford was also fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $590 in court costs and fees.

Douglas Dupree Davis

After making numerous court appearances since his Jan. 4 arrest, Douglas Dupree Davis pleaded guilty to 15-criminal counts, including drug and weapons violations and numerous thefts.

Davis, who was on parole when he moved to Fulton County, was arrested after the Sheriff's Department investigated reports that Davis was involved in illegal drug activity.

During a visit to his home, investigators found evidence of the manufacture of methamphetamine and observed a large amount of suspected stolen items.

A search warrant turned up what Sheriff Buck Foley said was "probably the largest amount of stolen goods ever discovered in Fulton County." Many of the recovered items were matched to belongings reported stolen in local burglaries, as well as burglaries in Craighead County, where Davis lived before moving to Salem.

While in custody, Davis was charged with possessing a cell phone and other prohibited items, allegedly smuggled into the jail by his wife, Loretta Mae Davis, who also faces charges.

Under a plea agreement, Davis admitted guilt to possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of prohibited items in jail and six counts of theft by receiving.

Judge Weaver sentenced Davis to 120 months in the Department of Correction. Davis was also fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $1,055 in court costs and fees.

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