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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

ADC inmate hit with an additional 25-year sentence after plea deal in Sebastian County Circuit Court

A 31-year-old Fort Smith woman who has had a litany of felony arrest in the past decade will cool her heels at the Arkansas Department of Corrections for several more years after her sentencing in Sebastian County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Necolle B. Speaks, who's listed address with the court system is in the 5600 block of Graystone Drive in Fort smith, was in court on Thursday facing charges of trafficking Schedule I/IIn controlled substances, possession of meth with the purpose to deliver, theft by receiving, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At the plea hearing on Thursday, deputy prosecuting attorney Houston Garner announced that the state would be seeking to add four years to the sentence as Speaks is a habitual offender. As part of the plea agreement Speaks was allowed to plead guilty on just two charges and accepted the 25-year sentence.

She was also given a 25-year suspended sentence in addition to the imposed time.

Speaks has a long history of felony arrest in charges in both Sebastian and Crawford counties. Her felonious activities date all the way back to 2010 when she received a suspended sentence in a third-degree battery case. Since that time she has had convictions on a number of charges including forgery, breaking and entering theft of property, and various other charges.

She's also been arrested twice in the past on petitions to revoke from previous criminal activity.

According to booking information from the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center, Speaks was returned to Sebastian County from the McPherson unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections in Newport on January 18. Her current prison sentence was for a 2016 escape in Crawford County for which she was given 180 months.

Her previous sentences were for residential burglary, breaking and entering, two counts of forgery, and fraudulent use of a credit card. She also has a detainer on her record from the Clarksville police department.

In her time in and out of the system since 2016, speaks has racked up a whopping 46 major disciplinary violations at her various prison locations.

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