Judge denies Disheroon’s request for reduced bond
By Scott Loftis
Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson has refused to lower a $50,000 bond for an 18-year-old Berryville man who has been arrested twice this year on drug and weapons charges.
Keeton Disheroon has been held in solitary confinement at the Carroll County Detention Center since he was arrested June 2, according to testimony at a hearing Tuesday, July 8, in Berryville. His attorney, Chris Flanagin, had filed a motion asking Jackson to reduce Disheroon’s bond and allow him to be placed in a residential treatment program near Aurora, Mo.
In announcing his ruling, Jackson said he believed it would be “premature” to place Disheroon in the treatment program before his case is adjudicated. He also expressed concern over how any further arrests could affect Disheroon’s future.
“This is a difficult case for me,” said Jackson, who acknowledged a longtime friendship with Disheroon’s father, Berryville police officer Kevin Disheroon.
Speaking directly to Keeton Disheroon, Jackson said: “The most important thing to me in this case is for you to become productive, and grow up, and leave the meth alone. It just seems like this motion is premature. If you are released and something happens a third time, I can only imagine how many doors it would close. … I’m going to deny the motion because I don’t want you to get in any more trouble.”
Disheroon’s first arrest came in January. In that incident, Disheroon allegedly led Green Forest police on a high-speed chase before abandoning his truck in an open field. In that incident, police reported finding a rifle and pistol in the truck as well as more than 70 grams of marijuana, methamphetamine residue, other drug paraphernalia and more than $1,200 in cash. According to an affidavit in that case, Disheroon told police he was unemployed and living in his truck. He was released on a $2,500 bond and was ordered not to leave his parents’ home except for work.
Disheroon was arrested a second time on June 2 outside the Carroll House Apartments in Berryville. A Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy reported finding a sawed-off shotgun with three rounds in the magazine tube in Disheroon’s truck along with marijuana, methamphetamine, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia.
Testifying at the July 8 hearing, Kevin Disheroon said he regretting bonding his son out of jail after the first arrest.
“We did not get Keeton the help that he needed, whether it be the mental health aspect of it or the addiction aspect of it,” Kevin Disheroon said.
Kevin Disheroon said his son has expressed remorse after the second arrest.
“I think maybe since the last time he understands the severity of what he’s charged with,” Kevin Disheroon said. “I just want him to get help. If I didn’t think the program could help him, I wouldn’t be here.”
On cross-examination, Carroll County prosecuting attorney Tony Rogers pointed out that Keeton Disheroon allegedly was in possession of firearms on both occasions when he was arrested.
“That sounds like someone with more than just an addiction problem, doesn’t it?” Rogers asked.
“I think my son got wrapped up with the wrong people and made some bad choices,” Kevin Disheroon said.
Among the witnesses called by Flanagin were Moses Martinez, pastor at the Freedom Dream Center in Aurora. Martinez testified about the center’s treatment program, saying he believed it could help Keeton Disheroon.
“I believe it could change the rest of his life,” Martinez said.
On cross-examination by Rogers, however, Martinez acknowledged that no one on staff at the center is a licensed mental health professional and that the facility is not on lockdown at night when the residents are sleeping.
Green Forest police chief John Bailey, called to testify by Flanagin, said he could “see a number of problems” regarding security at the center.
Flanagin initially called Keeton Disheroon to testify but after a brief sidebar with Jackson and Rogers, instead rested his case.
Rogers called no witnesses.
“I think the court is aware of the facts,” he said.
During his closing argument, Flanagin said he would ask that Keeton Disheroon be subject to random drug testing in addition to the weekly drug tests at the treatment center and that he not be allowed a pass to return home during his treatment, which could last a year.
Rogers argued that allowing Keeton Disheroon to bond out of jail and enter the treatment program would have the same effect as releasing him on his own recognizance.
“It’s just untenable,” Rogers said.