Man pleads guilty for meth

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

26-year-old sentenced to 4 years in prison

A Cassville man was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony.

James Yoshimoto, 26, of Cassville, pleaded guilty to the charge in March, and he will receive credit for all jail time while awaiting the result of the case.

The charge stemmed from an incident in October 2014, in which Yoshimoto and Tabitha Gregory, 28, of Seligman, were arrested after allegedly being found to be in possession of methamphetamine while living in their vehicle near Shoal Creek in Pioneer.

According to a report by Sgt. Justin Ruark, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, a tip was received about a family possibly living on the bank of the creek for around a month or longer, and the property owner wished for them to be removed.

After arriving on the scene at the intersection of State Highway T and Farm Road 2065, the report states Ruark found a grey Toyota containing Yoshimoto, Gregory and a small child.

The report states Yoshimoto was passed out in the driver's seat, and Gregory was laying down in the passenger seat across the center console.

Ruark then woke up Yoshimoto and asked him to exit the vehicle to place him under arrest, noting that he was acting very unstable, gagging like he was going to vomit, not making sense when speaking and having convulsions.

Gregory is still facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, both class C felonies. A warrant for her arrest was issued in December 2014 after she failed to appear in Barry County court.

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