A man arrested by Smithville Police in June during a drug bust appeared for sentencing in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday.
35 year old Eddy Farris entered a plea by information to possession of a schedule II drug for sale and delivery and received a sentence of five years to serve. The term is to run concurrently with a violation of probation against him. He was fined $2,000.
Acting on a complaint of illegal drug activity, Smithville Police went to a residence on Jennings Lane Thursday, June 16 and found Farris with meth and drug paraphernalia. After entering the residence, police observed Farris trying to hide under a bed mattress. While there officers were informed by Central Dispatch that Farris had active warrants against him. During a search, police recovered a black camera case containing a baggie with a white crystallized substance believed to be meth weighing approximately 7 grams, a burnt glass straw with a copper filter, a set of scales, a burnt light bulb configured with a straw coming out of the end, a spoon with a white substance melted onto it and a loaded syringe with a white substance inside.
31 year old Donald Atnip, Jr. entered a plea to aggravated burglary and received a five year sentence all suspended to supervised probation except for one year to serve. The sentence is to run concurrently with a violation of probation against him. He was given jail credit from June 11 to July 11 and from October 31 to November 28. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Atnip allegedly broke into a residence on Page Drive on Sunday, November 1, 2015 and took a flat screen Visio television valued at $300. He allegedly admitted to entering the home and taking the TV. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective.
41 year old Richard Leon McDaniel entered a plea to reckless aggravated assault and received a two year sentence on supervised probation. He must also receive domestic violence counseling. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, February 11 McDaniel allegedly assaulted his girlfriend by shoving her into the wall which caused an injury to her face. He also allegedly tried choking and pointing a knife at her saying he was going to kill her. He was given one day of jail credit.
43 year old Regina C Valdez entered a plea by criminal information to reckless endangerment and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation supervised by CPS until court costs are paid and then her probation will be unsupervised. She was arrested for DUI and cited for violation of implied consent on August 2, 2015. Smithville Police Officer Lance Dillard observed a vehicle traveling on East Broad Street crossing over the center line without properly functioning tail lights. He initiated a traffic stop and spoke with Valdez who had a strong odor of alcohol on her person. Valdez performed poorly on sobriety tasks. Her speech was slurred and she was unsteady on her feet. Valdez refused to submit to a blood test.
50 year old Edward Wayne Tarpley, Jr. entered a plea by criminal information to aggravated assault and driving under the influence. He received a three year sentence in the assault case and 11 months and 29 days for the DUI to run concurrently with each other and concurrently with a Rutherford County case against him. He was given jail credit from January 21 to January 22 and from February 12 to November 28