Former Trumann detective sentenced to probation and fined - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Former Trumann detective sentenced to probation and fined

Former Trumann Police Detective Erik Willbanks (FILE: 2012) Former Trumann Police Detective Erik Willbanks (FILE: 2012)
Former Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher (FILE: 2011) Former Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher (FILE: 2011)

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT/AP) – A former Trumann police detective was sentenced and fined after he pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Erik Willbanks pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in a Poinsett County courtroom Monday. A second similar charge was dismissed as part of the plea.

Willbanks was given a 60-month sentence and fined $1,000 and has to pay court costs.

Willbanks was arrested in 2013 as part of a drug investigation concerning former Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher.

In Nov. 2013, Rusher pleaded guilty to a count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and was given a 60-month suspended sentence.

Rusher resigned in Feb. 2012 and Willbanks was fired the following month after an investigation into the theft of prescription drugs from the police department evidence room.

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • AG Sessions meets with Memphis leaders, discusses crime

    AG Sessions meets with Memphis leaders, discusses crime

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:33 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:33:39 GMT
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Source: WMC Action News 5)Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited visit Memphis on Thursday morning.

    United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited visit Memphis on Thursday morning.

  • A-State receives funding to archive KAIT footage

    A-State receives funding to archive KAIT footage

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:01 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:01:37 GMT
    Arkansas State University's official logo (Source: www.astate.edu)Arkansas State University's official logo (Source: www.astate.edu)

    A key part of the history of KAIT is on the way to being archived after an announcement Thursday by a state history group. 

    A key part of the history of KAIT is on the way to being archived after an announcement Thursday by a state history group. 

  • CWL addresses declining groundwater concerns

    CWL addresses declining groundwater concerns

    Thursday, May 25 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-05-26 02:36:32 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    With ground water levels dropping in Arkansas, Jonesboro businesses have voiced their concerns in the city.

    With ground water levels dropping in Arkansas, Jonesboro businesses have voiced their concerns in the city.

Powered by Frankly