Two Fulton County residents who faced state felony charges in connection with local crimes, now also face federal charges which could lead to much longer prison sentences.
David Christopher Youngblood
David Christopher Youngblood, who was free on bond despite facing charges for a series of gun thefts, has been arrested after more than a year of freedom -- for stealing more guns.
According to an affidavit seeking an arrest warrant, Southerland called the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 20 to report a shotgun and a rifle had been taken from a gun cabinet at his home.
In November, Southerland notified the sheriff's office that the guns had been found.
Investigator Joe Boshears learned a few days later that Youngblood had pawned three guns at a Sharp County pawn shop, including the two reported stolen.
In an interview with police, Youngblood admitted entering Southerland's home and taking the shotgun and rifle that had been reported missing.
Youngblood also admitted pawning a derringer that he claimed an unknown woman had left in his vehicle.
Youngblood faces new charges of Theft of Property and Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons (Felon illegally possessing firearms). He will be formally charged at the January Circuit Court session.
Youngblood was jailed from April to October 2011 when guns were found missing at a home in Camp following a suspicious fire.
Youngblood was never charged in connection with the fire. However, an investigation found that he had taken guns from close personal friends, who lived in the home where the fire occurred, and pawned them on four occasions.
On Oct. 25, 2011, Youngblood was released on probation after making restitution in another theft case, and posting $30,000 bond in the gun theft case.
The gun charges were transferred to federal court, where Youngblood faces a long prison term if convicted for the weapons violations. His case is set for trial in Little Rock on Feb. 4, 2013.
This summer, a judge turned down a federal motion to revoke Youngblood's release on bond.
The U.S. Marshal's Service recently served a new arrest warrant against Youngblood, claiming the new local charges are a violation of conditions he agreed to under a pretrial release program.
Youngblood will remain in the Fulton County Jail until he is picked up by the U.S. Marshal's Service.
Jody Mark Hall
In another case, Jody Mark Hall of Salem also faces federal charges.
Hall was arrested by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 3, 2012 in connection with using powerful explosives to blow up a mailbox.
Hall was identified as a possible suspected when a mailbox belonging to Bob Windsor was blown up in southern Fulton County -- an explosion that was heard six miles away.
When Hall was arrested, he was allegedly intoxicated and in possession of an automatic weapon. A search of his home found a large cache of explosives and bomb making supplies, plus two illegal, home- made gun silencers.
A November Federal Indictment was returned charging Hall with nine felony charges including destroying the mailbox, using explosive materials in the commission of a federal crime, transporting explosive material to injure, intimidate or damage and possessing illegal firearms with silencers.