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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Drug charges, habitual offender status sends Mansfield man to prison with 20-year sentence

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

A 57-year-old Mansfield man finds himself headed to prison with a 20-year sentence after he agreed to a plea deal Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court on possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

Johnny Gregory Beshears, who's address listed with the court is on Bowman Street in Mansfield, was sentenced as a habitual offender in the case on Wednesday. His arrest on the drug charges was on June 23, 2022 by the Fort Smith Police Department.

Beshears has a number of previous recent arrests including a 2019 arrest for Battery in the Second Degree on a Health Professional and an Aggravated Assault charge which was later dropped


He was arrested twice in 2020 for contempt for failure to pay fines before his arrest last June on the charges that ended up sending him to prison.

Beshears has a long-standing reputation in Sebastian County for criminal antics.. All the way back in 19 92 he was arrested on felony aggravated assault and battery charges. He also was sentenced to five years in prison in 1994 after he was convicted of Possessing, Using, Delivering or Advertising Drug Paraphernalia.

Beshears was given 20 years imposed after his plea deal on Wednesday and had additional years added with the the habitual offender tag. He was also given ten additional years suspended and jail time credit for time spent in the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.

As of Friday at 2:00 p.m. Beshears remained incarcerated in the SCADC awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of corrections.

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