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Suspect in power line case gets more charges

Lonoke County officials have brought additional charges against a Jacksonville man already in federal custody for three incidents of attacks on the electric power grid that blacked out thousands of residents.

Jason Zebulin Woodring, 37, of John Shelton Road, Jacksonville, was charged Nov. 26 in Lonoke County Circuit Court with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms (Y felony); manufacturing a controlled substance (C felony); possession of drug paraphernalia (B felony); possession of a controlled substance (D felony); and theft by receiving (D felony).

While the Lonoke County charges are not connected to the powerline sabotage, the information for the charges stems from the investigation that led to an arrest in three incidents of attacks on the electric power grid.

The attacks occurred Aug. 21 with intentional downing of a high-voltage electric transmission line in the Holland Bottoms area, on Arkansas Highway 321 near Cabot; Sept. 29 with damage to a power substation at Scott, and Oct. 6 with an attempted downing of a powerline near Jacksonville.

Prosecuting attorney Chuck Graham said Monday that he is not certain whether an arrest warrant has been served on Woodring, who remains in federal custody. Arraignment on the new charges has not yet been scheduled, he said.

It was the investigation of an explosion that led investigators to Woodring’s residence on John Shelton Road in central Lonoke County and his eventual arrest.

According to the affidavit, filed by Lt. James Kulesa, on Oct. 11 a report was made to the sheriff’s office of an explosion in the John Shelton Road area. “Initial investigation revealed the explosion was due to an electrical incident which originated from #1012 John Shelton.” The residence was noted as “the known residence of Jason Zebulin Woodring.”

Kulesa stated that he was at the residence at the same time FBI agents were conducting an investigation into the damage to Entergy Electric Company and First Electric Company property. While there, one of the special agents told him of finding “some suspicious items” that could be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Initial inspection produced “what appeared to be a shotgun in which the barrel appeared have been shortened,” which was seized by the federal investigators, Kulesa said.

Also found were a glass jar containing “reddish powder material,” a glass jar containing a dark liquid, numerous boxes of matches, a plastic container with a bi-layer liquid, a plastic funnel with a white residue, a bottle of iodine, and other chemicals, paraphernalia, and components used to make methamphetamine, as well as a quantity of “a white powder substance.”

Numerous syringes and a glass smoking device were also found inside the residence.

Outside the house were bottles of acid, a grinder with a white powder residue, a glass jar with a white powder substance, and other chemicals, paraphernalia, and components used to make methamphetamine.

All the items, “Were processed as an illicit lab and taken as evidence,” Kulesa said.

The serial number of a boat found behind the residence was submitted to the Arkansas Crime Information Center, which showed the boat had been reported stolen in Jacksonville.

Woodring was arrested on the federal complaint Oct. 12.

On Nov. 6, a federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against Woodring in the attacks on the power grid.

In federal court, Woodring faces charges of a terrorist attack against a railroad carrier; three counts of destruction of an energy facility; use of a fire to commit a felony; possession of an unregistered short-barrelled shotgun with an obliterated serial number; alleges that Woodring is addicted to methamphetamine and as an illegal drug user he possessed two rifles, three shotguns, and multiple rounds of ammunition.

The indictment includes two forfeiture allegations — on conviction Woodring would forfeit the short-barrelled shotgun and the additional weapons and ammunition.

Woodring faces up to life in prison and/or not more than five years of supervised release after prison for the terrorist attack against a railroad carrier. The charge of destruction of an energy facility carries a possible sentence of not more than 20 years in prison. Use of a fire to commit a felony has a statutory sentence of ten years consecutive to the underlying felony. Malicious use of fire carries a possible sentence of not less than five years but not more than 20 years in prison. Woodring could also face not more than a $250,000 fine for each charge against him. Counts two through six each carry not more than three years of supervised release.

The press release notes that the charges are “merely allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

Woodring is currently in federal custody.

Charges filed in Lonoke County Circuit Court by prosecuting attorney Chuck Graham, Nov. 21 - 27, 2013:

Anderson, Theodis, 47, Scott, CR13-476: failure to comply with registration and reporting requirement - refusal to cooperate with assessment process (felony); habitual criminal - large.

Collier, Johnny Lee, 58, Ward, CR13-475: failure to comply with registration and reporting requirement - refusal to cooperate with assessment process (felony); habitual criminal - large.

Dale, Robert Allen, 26, Lonoke, CR13-502: residential burglary (felony); theft of property (felony).

Dale, Robert Allen, 26, Lonoke, CR13-503: aggravated assault on family or household member (felony).

Humbert, Antonie Terrell, 28, Little Rock, CR13-501: kidnapping (felony); residential burglary (felony); domestic battering (felony); enhanced penalties for offenses committed in presence of a child.

Lacy, Scotty, 42, Cabot, CR13-497: possession of controlled substance - schedule I/II, methamphetamine or cocaine (felony); possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, inhale, etc. (felony).

Miller, Kyrie Lejae, 17, Cabot, CR13-504: breaking or entering (felony); theft of property (misdemeanor).

Miller, Kyrie Lejae, 17, CR13-505: burglary - residential (felony); theft of property (felony); theft of property (felony).

Pierce, Kenneth, 42, Austin, CR13-474: domestic battering (felony).

Rowton, Anita, 48, Lonoke, CR13-496: breaking or entering (felony); theft of property (felony); escape (misdemeanor); public intoxication (misdemeanor).

Thompson, Troy Wayne, 28, Lonoke, CR13-500: aggravated assault on family or household member (felony).

Wise, Calvin Lee, 27, Scott, CR13-499: residential burglary (felony); theft of property - credit/debit card or account number (felony); habitual criminal - large.

Woodring, Jason Zebulin, 37, Jacksonville, CR13-498: simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms (felony); use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine/cocaine (felony); manufacture of methamphetamine (felony); possession of controlled substance - schedule I/II, methamphetamine or cocaine (felony); theft by receiving (felony).

Other actions in Lonoke County Circuit Court:

Farmer, Anthony, 37, England, CR13-148, Guilty Plea Agreement: possession of firearms by certain persons (felony); possession of controlled substance - schedule VI (misdemeanor); habitual criminal - small - recommended sentence: 60 months ADC - 12 months suspended/48 months to serve; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $150 public defender fee, $125 drug crime administrative fee.

Fowler, Amanda, J., 26, Cabot, CR13-380, Guilty Plea Agreement: theft of property (felony) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee, $500 fine, $150 public defender fee, 60 hours community service, $1,129.95 restitution, all fines, costs, fees and restitution shall be paid within two years; Act 531.

Gause, Kelly Jean, 52, Vilonia, CR13-421-1, Guilty Plea Agreement: use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine/cocaine (felony); possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with purpose to deliver (felony); possession of controlled substance - schedule I/II (not methamphetamine or cocaine) with purpose to deliver - recommended sentence: 96 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee, $125 drug crime administrative fee,$1,000 fine, $150 public defender fee, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years; Act 531.

Gentry, Steven Denver, 27, Lonoke, CR13-435, Guilty Plea Agreement: possession of firearms by certain persons (felony) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee, $300 public defender fee, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years; Act 531.

McGinnis, Felix Alden, 37, Cabot, CR13-22, Guilty Plea Agreement: battery (misdemeanor); possession of controlled substance - schedule VI (misdemeanor) - recommended sentence: 12 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $1,000 fine, $125 drug crime administrative fee, restitution and all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within one year.

Oaks, Leo Clayton Jr., 44, Mayflower, CR13-373, Guilty Plea Agreement: breaking or entering (felony); theft of property (felony); habitual criminal - large - recommended sentence: 60 months ADC - 24 months suspended/36 months to serve; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee, $900 restitution.

Tillman, Mary Ann, 62, England, CR13-429, Guilty Plea Agreement: terroristic threatening (felony); battery (felony); possession of controlled substance - schedule VI (misdemeanor); obstructing governmental operations (misdemeanor); criminal trespass (misdemeanor); disorderly conduct (misdemeanor) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $300 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee,$250 fine, $150 public defender fee, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years.

Young, David Stephen, 28, Cabot, CR13-296, Guilty Plea Agreement: terroristic threatening (misdemeanor) - 12 months Lonoke County jail (suspended).

Chambers, Matthew David, CR12-395, Guilty Plea Agreement: residential burglary (felony); theft of property (misdemeanor) - recommended sentence: 96 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee (if not previously paid); $150 public defender fee, $750 fine, drug treatment and testing, 120 hours community service.

Gainey, Justine, 22, Ward, CR13-292, Guilty Plea Agreement: possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with purpose to deliver (felony); use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine/cocaine (felony) - recommended sentence: 60 months ADC - 24 months suspended/36 months to serve; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee, $150 public defender fee, $125 drug crime administrative fee.

Jenkins, Richard, 24, Jacksonville, CR13-70, Guilty Plea Agreement: possession of firearms by certain persons (felony) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee,$1,000 fine, $150 public defender fee, 60 hours community service, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years.

Johnson, Shawn Edward, 32, England, CR13-295-1, CR13-203-2, Guilty Plea Agreement: theft of building materials (felony); breaking or entering (felony); criminal mischief (felony); fleeing (on foot)(misdemeanor); theft of scrap metal (felony); criminal mischief (felony); criminal impersonation (misdemeanor); habitual criminal - small.

Kinley, Herbert Joseph, 36, Austin, CR13-336-2, Guilty Plea Agreement: harassment (misdemeanor); 12 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $150 public defender fee, permanent no-contact order; all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within one year.

Mosley, Crystal Lynn, 31, Cabot, CR13-141-2, Guilty Plea Agreement: conspiracy to commit manufacture of methamphetamine (felony); possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with purpose to deliver use or possession of paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine/cocaine (felony) - recommended sentence: 96 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee,$125 drug crime administrative fee, $150 public defender fee, drug treatment and testing, six months driver’s license suspension with work permit, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years.

Richard, Lawrence, 47, England, CR13-295-2, Guilty Plea Agreement: theft of building materials (felony); breaking or entering (felony); criminal mischief(felony); habitual criminal - large - recommended sentence: 120 months ADC - 72 months suspended/48 months to serve; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee, $14,260 restitution.

Sebourn, Megan Marie, 21, England, CR13-295-3, Guilty Plea Agreement: theft of building materials (felony); breaking or entering (felony); criminal mischief (felony) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee,$250 fine, $150 public defender fee, $14,260 restitution, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years.

Marteny, Joshua David, 32, Cabot, CR13-334, Guilty Plea Agreement: domestic battering (felony); interference with emergency communication (misdemeanor) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee, 30 days Lonoke County jail to be served on weekends, $1,000 fine, $150 public defender fee, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years, complete anger management class.

Berry, Jeremy R., 21, Cabot, CR13-397, Guilty Plea Agreement: lottery fraud (felony)(four counts) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee,$400 public defender fee, $300 restitution, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years; Act 531.

Horton, Zachary Dale, 19, Cabot, CR13-337, Guilty Plea Agreement: possession of controlled substance - schedule I/II (not methamphetamine or cocaine)(felony) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee,$125 drug crime administrative fee, 30 hours community service, drug treatment and testing, six months driver’s license suspension with work permit, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years; Act 531.

Skinner, Jeannie Lee, 21, North Little Rock, CR13-305, Guilty Plea Agreement: theft of property (felony) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $10/mo. installment fee, $250 DNA fee,$1,000 fine, $300 public defender fee, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years; Act 531.

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