Three get prison time for meth related charges

Three people who appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court on Monday were sentenced to prison time for methamphetamine related charges.

Brittany Rae Brown, a 35-year-old Gassville woman was sentenced to three years in prison after she entered guilty pleas to possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia as part of a plea bargain.

The charges were the result of a March 3, 2020 incident. Brown and a man were spotted by a Mountain Home police officer as they climbed out of a dumpster behind a shopping mall.

Brittany Rae Ann Brown

Brown was on probation with a search waiver on file at the time. The officer searched Brown’s purse and discovered a meth pipe and a bag of meth. She was arrested and taken to the Baxter County Jail.

Brown was on probation at the time of her arrest for a second-degree battery charge. In that case, she admitted to beating her 69-year-old grandmother. Brown grabbed her grandmother by the hair, threw her to the floor, then punched and kicked the woman. Two of Brown’s young children witnessed the beating.

Tommy Dwight Gattis

Tommy Dwight Gattis, a 30-year-old Mountain Home man, was also sentenced to three years in prison after changing his plea to guilty on six charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth, possession of marijuana for the purpose of deliver and endangering the welfare of a minor.

The charges against Gattis stemmed from two cases, the first a traffic stop on December 4 of last year. Trooper Lance Coffman of the Arkansas State Police pulled over a van that had expired tags.