Felon arrested on A-State campus with loaded handgun

Felon arrested on A-State campus with loaded handgun
Jimmy Aaron Carter (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man with a prior history of carrying weapons onto state property faces a similar charge after police say they found him on the A-State campus with a loaded handgun.

Officer Sean Calaway of the Arkansas State University Police Department stopped 22-year-old Jimmy Aaron Carter of Wynne Sunday night for driving on an expired tag.

During the stop, according to a probable cause affidavit, the officer learned that Carter was on felony probation with a search waiver on file.

Officer Calaway conducted a probationary search of Carter's vehicle and reportedly found a Ruger EC9s nine-millimeter handgun between the driver and middle passenger seats.

The gun was loaded with seven rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, court documents said.

The officer arrested Carter and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

On Monday, Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause to charge Carter with possession of a firearm by certain persons, a class D felony. The judge set his bond at $3,500 cash/surety with a July 27 circuit court appearance.

Online court records show Carter was arrested in 2016 in Monroe County for carrying a firearm in a publicly-owned building and for criminal impersonation. He pleaded guilty to the impersonation charge and received four years probation. The weapons charge was nolle prossed.

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