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Felony charge against former county jailer not to be prosecuted

Posted: January 31, 2014 - 4:33pm

A felony charge against a former Faulkner County jail officer was dropped after a nolle prosequi order was filed Thursday in Faulkner County Circuit Court.

The charge of furnishing prohibited articles, a class C felony, was dropped due to lack of “sufficient evidence to prove the charge contained in the felony information and therefore moves for its dismissal,” the order states.

Brianne Pickard, 25, of Greenbrier, was charged with the offense July 31. According to the prosecutor’s affidavit, Pickard allowed an inmate to receive a $50 money order, cologne and pack of T-shirts. The affidavit states Pickard admitted to mailing the items to the inmate and signing the money order.

Pickard was a corporal at the time of the alleged incident, according to the affidavit.

“Any article not authorized nor issued to an offender as personal or state property, nor purchased through the facility commissary or items defined as nuisance contraband,” the affidavit states.

Before the nolle prosequi order, Pickard was set for jury trial before Circuit Judge Ed Clawson on Feb. 11. If Pickard had been convicted of furnishing prohibited articles, she would have faced three to 10 years in prison.

According to Pickard’s attorney David Cannon, of The Cannon Law Firm in North Little Rock, his client resigned her position at the sheriff’s office June 20, more than a month before the charge was filed.

In an email Thursday afternoon, Maj. John Randall also confirmed the June 20 resignation, and said it occurred while questioning Pickard “about several policy violations.”

Cannon said he and his client have begun work on a civil case against the sheriff’s office, and hope to file a lawsuit within 30 days.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan.)

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proud2momhouse
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proud2momhouse 01/31/14 - 09:15 pm
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yay

I can't wait for the TRUTH to come out! Been by your side and I'm not gonna move. Love you my lovely wife

Outdoorsie
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Outdoorsie 01/31/14 - 09:30 pm
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What a shame

It's crazy that the shock administration would attempt to do something like this..what they didn't say is how the "inmate" was a 309 worker and everything they received was stuff they were allowed to have..I'm gonna point a finger at Vincent for this..he attempts to tarnish ppls reputations by throwing bogus charges at them and when they r thrown out not only is he looking like an idiot and making shock look stupid but also setting them up for a lawsuit..hopefully u hit em hard Pickard and if u need anything u kno where to find me!!!

proud2momhouse
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proud2momhouse 01/31/14 - 09:34 pm
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oh my my

There was a lot of details that were skipped or twisted. But hey there is a reason it was dropped.

Harold Smith
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Harold Smith 01/31/14 - 10:01 pm
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Someone may have trouble

If they filed bogus charges on Ms. Pickard, and had her arrested for seeking a civil suit because she was ran out the door over her personal life, someone has greater problems then someone that dropped novelty birth certificates in a mail box. And they called me stupid.

faulknerwatchdog
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faulknerwatchdog 01/31/14 - 11:05 pm
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FCSO is about to have their

FCSO is about to have their day of reckoning with alk the people they've screwed.

Log Vader
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Log Vader 02/01/14 - 06:55 pm
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Suspicious...

Although I'm only going based off what the cabin posted... Anyone else find it just a little bit odd that an employee was mailing an inmate perfume, shirts and 50 dollars??? What favor was done to spark the money and perfume? I'll definitely be waiting to see how all of this unravels.

dozep413
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dozep413 02/01/14 - 07:16 pm
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Article

Apparently, the log cabin doesn't really believe in good investigative reporting. This is regurgitated reporting. All he did was read the affidavit and the court order to nolle prosequi and type it up. I would love to know what the fcso had to say about this. How can they and the prosecuting attorney try a case and not have any evidence? I recall a Lieutenant that still working there telling me once, its not what you can prove but what you can make the jury believe. Thats not an exact quote, but it sure seems to apply to this. Again, I just think the citizens of our county deserve more involved and in depth reporting. We need to make sure we are keeping our elected officials in check! The people deserve to know what they are doing. Are they living up to their promises?

proud2momhouse
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proud2momhouse 02/01/14 - 08:07 pm
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Thing about it is he did only

Thing about it is he did only read what was in the file. But the real question is who really mailed this package???... I guess only a few know the real answer and some just can't except that. But no worries the whole truth will come out very soon

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