Former deputy gets probation on assault, drug charges

Friday, June 23, 2017

A former Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been sentenced to probation on drug and assault charges in a plea deal with prosecutors.

Jonathan White, 32, pleaded guilty to single counts of aggravated assault on a family member, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, all Class D felonies.

In exchange for the plea, Carroll County chief deputy prosecuting attorney Devon Still recommended that White be sentenced to six years of probation and ordered to pay court, costs, fines and restitution totaling $1,570.

Circuit Judge Scott Jackson followed that recommendation, sentencing White under those terms in an order dated June 12. Jackson also ordered White to have no contact with his wife, Jessica White. If he violates the terms of his probation, White may have his probation revoked and could be sentenced to up to 18 years in prison.

White was arrested July 27, 2016, at a residence in Berryville after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife.

An affidavit prepared by CCSO investigator Jerry Williams said Jessica White told Williams that her husband, who had been a narcotics investigator with CCSO before submitting his resignation earlier that week, had begun using methamphetamine.

After his arrest, White admitted to using methamphetamine and to pointing his gun at his wife, according to the affidavit.

Jessica White obtained a temporary order of protection in Madison County on the same day her husband was arrested, but that order was dismissed by a Madison County circuit judge on Aug. 15, 2016.

Carroll County Sheriff Randy Mayfield declined to comment on White’s plea and sentencing.

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