A 26-year-old former Baxter County resident — who was on probation for stabbing his mother — is now headed to prison after admitting to having drugs and drug paraphernalia.
James Ray Colson appeared Thursday in Baxter County Circuit Court, where he entered guilty pleas in two cases to charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of clonazepam and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was sentenced to six years in prison with two years suspended, leaving him four years to serve.
In the most recent case from February of this year, Colson was spotted by a Cotter police officer who knew Colson wasn’t allowed to be at a Cotter apartment complex. The officer knocked on the door of Colson’s mother’s apartment.
The woman answered the door and said Colson was not in the apartment. She agreed to let the officer inside. As they walked towards the woman’s bedroom, the ceiling of the bathroom collapsed.
At that point, the woman changed her story, according to the affidavit, and said Colson was hiding in the attic. The officer noted he could see insulation particles floating in the air.
The officer called several times for Colson to come out. When Colson failed to do so, the officer then used a cane to move insulation out of the way and pointed his pistol, with flashlight attached up into the attic.
A standoff ensued, and for the 30 minutes, the officer continuously called for Colson to give himself up. Eventually, Colson did so peacefully and was taken into custody.
The officer then searched the vehicle Colson arrived in and discovered a meth pipe and a clonazepam pill.
In the second case, a Mountain Home police officer pulled Colson over for not using a turn signal and for an outstanding warrant. Colson admitted to the officer there was a marijuana pipe and meth in the car.
The officer searched the car and found meth, a syringe and a meth pipe.
At the time of both of those arrests, Colson was on probation for stabbing his mother. In that case, police were called to Colson’s mother’s apartment for a stabbing in progress.
When they arrived, Colson was gone and they found his mother bleeding from a knife wound to her arm. They found a yellow knife with blood on it and blood-soaked paper towels.
Officers drove to a home on U.S Highway 62 West and found Colson barricaded in a bathroom with a bottle of vodka. After a brief period of time, officers were able to arrest Colson. He was originally charged with a felony for slashing his mother, but a plea bargain saw it reduced to a misdemeanor.
In that case, he was sentenced to six months in the Baxter County jail.
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