Lottery fraud and manslaughter were among the criminal actions settled by plea agreements filed in Lonoke County Circuit Court, Feb. 4 – 11, 2013.

The May 2011 stabbing death of Brandon Scott of Jacksonville brought a 7-year sentence to the Arkansas Department of Correction for Stephen Earl Cole, 19, also of Jacksonville; and an attempt to steal lottery tickets instead brought probation, fines and costs for a store employee — tripped up by in-store video surveillance and safeguards in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery system.

According to the affidavit for Cole’s arrest, on May 16, 2011, an unknown 911 caller reported to the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office that someone had been stabbed in the yard of a Rifle Lane residence — the caller said the suspect was still at scene and still had the knife in hand.

Sheriff’s deputies and an Arkansas State Police trooper went to the scene where two males were immediately detained for questioning. A closed, lock-blade knife was found near one of the males who was identified as Cole.

The victim, identified as Scott, was found in the driveway of the residence; medical personnel examined him and notified officers that he was dead.

Witnesses told investigators that Scott had come to the residence with two others. He had then approached Cole and the two began to fight; Scott retreated after Cole stabbed him several times in the chest.

In a later interview by investigators, Cole said he was having problems with his former girlfriend, who had begun dating Scott.

Cole said he had been sitting on the front porch of the residence when Scott arrived, challenging him to a fight. Although told to leave, Scott then came onto the porch and began to beat him. Cole said he believed Scott was striking him with a wrench.

Cole said he then took out his knife and stabbed Scott, but did not remember doing so as he had "blacked out."

Witnesses said they did not see Scott holding any object, but had hit Cole with fists.

Cole was originally charged, as an adult, with second-degree murder; he was 17 years old at the time of Scott’s death.

Anna Hayes, 21, of Lonoke, was put on probation for five years and levied fines and costs in a plea agreement on charges of lottery fraud and theft of property.

According to the arrest affidavit, on Dec. 13, 2012, the manager of the Lonoke Valero Store notified the Lonoke Police Department of a suspected theft of lottery tickets. The manager said the Arkansas State Lottery Commission had notified the store that lottery tickets delivered to the store, but not yet activated, had been presented for cash prizes. The investigator reviewed surveillance video of the store office that showed Hayes concealing books of lottery tickets in her clothing and then leaving the office. Surveillance videos from another store showed Hayes attempting to cash in some of the tickets; the attempt was foiled when the lottery system rejected the not-yet-activated tickets.

After her arrest, Hayes admitted taking the tickets because her boyfriend told her to, and she needed money for rent.

In other plea agreements:

Bowers, Jarrod Ray, 23, North Little Rock, CR12-456, Guilty Plea Agreement: residential burglary (felony); theft of property (felony); habitual criminal - large - recommended sentence: 60 months ADC, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee.

Cole, Stephen Earl, 19, Jacksonville, CR11-238/CR12-264, Guilty Plea Agreement: manslaughter (felony); theft by receiving (felony) - recommended sentence: CR11-238: 120 months ADC - 36 months suspended/84 months to serve; CR12-264-2: 120 months ADC - suspended; CR11-238 and CR12-264-2 to run consecutively with total time to serve being 240 months ADC with 156 months suspended, leaving 84 months to serve; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee, permanent no-contact order.

Hammonds, Jonathan Mikel, 25, Austin, CR12-358-3, Guilty Plea Agreement: residential burglary (felony); theft of property (felony); theft of property - firearm (felony); possession of firearm by certain persons (felony); habitual criminal - large - recommended sentence: 180 months ADC - 84 months suspended/96 months to serve; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee,$10,500 restitution, $50 public defender fee.

Harris, Blakely, 20, Lonoke, CR12-465-2, Guilty Plea Agreement: breaking or entering (felony); theft of property (felony); possession of controlled substance - schedule VI (misdemeanor) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $250 DNA fee, $125 drug crime administrative fee,$1,000 restitution, drug treatment and testing, Act 531.

Hayes, Anna, 21, Lonoke, CR13-54, Guilty Plea Agreement: lottery fraud (felony); theft of property (misdemeanor) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $250 DNA fee, $500 fine, complete ARCares program, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years, Act 531.

Mills, Gerald, 43, Hensley, CR12-438, Guilty Plea Agreement: criminal trespass on posted land (misdemeanor); criminal mischief I (misdemeanor) - recommended sentence: $350 fine, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, all fines, costs and fees to be paid immediately.

Patterson, Christopher Michael, 21, Cabot, CR12-246, Guilty Plea Agreement: possession of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child (felony) - recommended sentence: 72 months supervised probation, $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $35/mo. Probation fee, $5/mo. tech fee, $250 DNA fee, $1,000 fine, $250 sex offender registration fee, must register as sex offender, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid within two years.

Rettstatt, Thomas Harold Jr., 39, North Little Rock, CR12-460-2: residential burglary (felony); theft of property (felony); possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, inhale, etc. (felony); obstructing governmental operations (misdemeanor); habitual criminal - large - recommended sentence: 144 months ADC to run concurrently with time now serving; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee.

Simpson, John Russell, 23, Jacksonville, CR12-344-1, Guilty Plea Agreement: possession of controlled substance - schedule I/II (methamphetamine or cocaine)(felony); possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, inhale, etc. (felony) - recommended sentence: 48 months CCC - 12 months suspended/36 months to serve; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee,$500 public defender fee, $125 drug crime administrative fee, six months driver’s license suspension, all fines, costs and fees shall be paid in accordance with the installment order.

Stanley, Brodie William, CR13-56, Guilty Plea Agreement: breaking or entering (felony); theft of property (felony); habitual criminal - small - recommended sentence: 72 months ADC - 36 months supended/36 months to serve, time to run concurrently with time currently serving; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee.

Tucker, Daniel, 27, Russellville, CR13-39, Guilty Plea Agreement: forgery II (felony)(four counts); habitual criminal - small; - recommended sentence: 60 months ADC - 36 months suspended/24 months to serve contingent on payment of restitution; $150 court costs, $20 booking fee, $45 jail support fee, $250 DNA fee, $3,561.28 restitution.

Charges filed by prosecuting attorney Chuck Graham:

Mathis, Adam Leroy, 44, Ashflat, CR13-58: furnishing prohibited articles (felony); possession of controlled substance - schedule VI (misdemeanor); habitual criminal - large.

Watson, Joshua D., 25, Lonoke, CR13-59: furnishing prohibited articles (felony); possession of controlled substance - schedule VI (misdemeanor).