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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Local woman headed to prison with 20-year sentence after Wednesday drug charge plea deal

A 45-year-old Fort Smith woman who has been arrested for three different felony drug infractions in just under five years was sentenced to two decades in prison during a court session Wednesday morning in Sebastian County.

Records from the Sebastian County Circuit Court indicate that Heather AnnJohnson agreed to a plea deal in open court on Wednesday morning. Johnson had been arrested in late March for possession of a controlled substance and for contempt/willful disobedience and failure to pay fines.

Her conviction on the plea deal Wednesday was for profession of methamphetamine with the purpose of delivery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Johnson had previous drug arrest in Sebastian County in September of 2022 and July 2018 on felony drug charges. She also was arrested in January of this year for Class C Felony Failure to Appear

In addition to the 20-year imposed sentence Johnson drew an additional 20-years suspended and was given jail time credit for her arrest since April 19. She will be required to give the court a DNA sample and has to pay court costs at $60 a month beginning 90 days after her release.

As part of the conditions for the plea dea Johnson was sentenced as an habitual offender. She also had a petition to revoke withdrawn.

Johnson will remain in the SCADC awaiting transfer to the McPherson unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

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