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Paragould man sentenced to 35 years in prison after assault on officer

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(Feb. 23, 2012) (Feb. 23, 2012)
James Spence (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department) James Spence (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)
(Feb. 23, 2012) (Feb. 23, 2012)
Arkansas State Police Special Agent Scott Pillow from an earlier interview with Region 8 News Arkansas State Police Special Agent Scott Pillow from an earlier interview with Region 8 News
(Feb. 23, 2012) (Feb. 23, 2012)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – A Greene County man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison on multiple charges including assault on an officer.

According to Greene County circuit court documents, James Spence was sentenced to serve 35 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.  The documents state Spence plead guilty on February 19 to charges of first degree battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and possession of meth with the purpose to deliver.

On February 23, 2012 police say Spence was fleeing a home on North 7th Street in Paragould after a search warrant was served. Spence was later spotted by Arkansas State Police Special Agent Scott Pillow on Samuel Drive.

Police say Agent Pillow attempted to stop Spence's SUV, but Spence rammed the police vehicle. Police say Agent Pillow exited his car and Spence attempted to run the agent over, when Agent Pillow fired his weapon and wounded Spence.

Spence was treated and released at a local hospital. Agent Pillow was not injured in the incident.

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