Con­victed felon sen­tenced to prison af­ter guns found

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - STEVEN MROSS

A pre­vi­ously con­victed felon ar­rested last year af­ter he was found in pos­ses­sion of three firearms dur­ing a rou­tine traf­fic stop was sen­tenced to two years in prison Mon­day af­ter plead­ing guilty in

Gar­land County Cir­cuit Court.

Johnny Boone Good­man, 32, who lists an Amity

Road ad­dress, was set to stand trial June 19 but opted to plead guilty to a felony count of pos­ses­sion of a firearm by cer­tain per­sons, pun­ish­able by up to six years in prison. Costs were ex­punged for time served af­ter his ar­rest.

Ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit, on Nov. 16, 2017, shortly af­ter noon, Hot Springs po­lice Of­fi­cer Jonathan Smith stopped a GMC Sierra in the 100 block of North Pat­ter­son Street af­ter not­ing it had a cracked front wind­shield.

He spoke to the driver, iden­ti­fied as Good­man, who told him he didn’t have a valid driver’s li­cense. In check­ing Good­man and his three pas­sen­gers to see if any­one else had a valid li­cense, he deter­mined

Good­man was con­victed in 2007 of felony counts of com­mer­cial bur­glary and break­ing or en­ter­ing.

Smith asked if Good­man and the oth­ers would mind ex­it­ing the ve­hi­cle so he could have his K-9 part­ner, Bear, per­form a ve­hi­cle sniff for nar­cotics and they all con­sented.

All the doors to the ve­hi­cle were left open and Smith saw a .22-cal­iber re­volver in a hol­ster in the rear pas­sen­ger side door com­part­ment. Bear alerted on the gun and then alerted on a glass pipe in the floor­board. In search­ing the rest of the ve­hi­cle. Smith found two ri­fles un­der the seats. He noted all three firearms were loaded.

Good­man was taken into cus­tody for the firearms due to his prior con­vic­tions, which pro­hib­ited him from own­ing or pos­sess­ing firearms. He was re­leased on Dec. 14, 2017, on $7,500 bond pend­ing trial.

While he was out on bond, Good­man was ar­rested again Feb. 8, 2018, on felony charges of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, meth or co­caine, and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia. He pleaded not guilty to the charges the next day and was re­leased on $5,000 bond on Feb. 12.

A felony re­view hear­ing to de­ter­mine if the charges will be bound over to cir­cuit court is now set for May 7.


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