• Dennis McCaslin

Habitual offender designation adds time for local woman on negotiated plea bargain

Mary Hembree

A Sebastian County woman that has been into everything from theft by receiving to possession of controlled substances since the age of 23 got tagged as a "habitual offender" this week and will be go away for a long time after her latest conviction on a little bit of both.

Mary Hembree, 40, entered a negotiated plea in Sebastian County Circuit Court this week on several different felony charges and was sentenced to two years in the state prison system along with thirteen years of suspended imposition to run concurrently on each felony count. She also received an additional four years for the habitual offender designation.

She will also be required to make time payments on her fines once released.

The sentence stems from a February 11, 2021 arrest on several felony charges including Criminal Impersonation, Theft by Receiving, Forgery, Absconding, Fugitive From Justice (Another State), Contempt and two Parole Violations. There were also misdemeanor Overdraft and Failure to Appear charges during the same arrest.

She had been arrested as currently as December 29 of last year on seven felony counts included six drug related and one theft by receiving charge. In all since August of 2004, Hembree has been arrested for fourteen felonies which resulted in 600 months of imposed sentences.

As of Saturday night Hembree remained in the Sebastian Counjty Detention awaiting assignment into the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

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