Newhope man sentenced to probation for aggravated assault charge


    J. JEWEL

    Murfreesboro Diamond Editor

    MURFREESBORO—A Pike County man was sentenced to two years probation after he entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of aggravated assault in Pike County Circuit Court last Monday.
    Thirty-nine-year-old Jeremy Jewell originally faced felony charges of aggravated assault on a household/family member, third degree domestic battery and endangering the welfare of a minor.
    The charges of third degree domestic battery and endangering the welfare of a minor were nolle prossed.
    The charges stemmed from an altercation that occurred March 30, 2015 when Jewell allegedly threatened his wife with a firearm, discharged the weapon, and then led police on a chase through Sevier County.
    According to statements made at that time by Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir to media, Jewell was reported as having pointed a gun at his wife’s head after the two were involved in an altercation in their home.
    Jewell then fired the weapon into the air, and reportedly left the home.
    A search for Jewell in several counties eventually led to his vehicle being identified along Highway 71 in Sevier County, according to police sources.
    Jewell was still in the vehicle and allegedly then led members of local law enforcement as well as the Arkansas State Police on a chase through Sevier County which ended in a wreck between De Queen and Gillham.
    In connection with the chase and wreck, another vehicle was struck by a Sevier County Sheriff’s Department cruiser.
    A female victim of the crash was reportedly transported to a Texarkana area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.
    Jewell was booked into the Pike County Detention Facility and formal charges were filed in the Pike County Circuit Clerk’s office on April 21.
    Along with the sentence of probation, Jewell was fined $2,000, must pay court costs and had to surrender the firearm used during the altercation to authorities.