Update: Rep. Steve Womack’s son sentenced to 9 years for gun & drug charges

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Update:

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) – U.S. Rep. Steve Womack’s son received a nine-year prison sentence on drug and gun charges.

James P. Womack’s prison sentence came upon his reaching a plea deal with prosecutors on April 10.

Alexia Sikora with Steve Womack’s office released the following statement from the congressman:

“My family, like so many others across the nation, has experienced the devastation of a loved one’s addiction. Our son is accountable for his actions, and we respect the decision of the court. We continue to love him unconditionally and remain hopeful that he will find the recovery needed to set him on a new path forward.”

James Womack, 31, was sentenced on five charges, including possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a counterfeit substance and possession of a firearm, according to court documents.

Womack was arrested and booked into the Benton County Detention Center on Sept. 27.

Original story: 

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) – The son of U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., was arrested on several drug and gun charges, according to jail records.

James P. Womack, 31, was arrested and booked into the Benton County Detention Center on Thursday (Sept. 27). 

Jail records state that Womack faces a number of charges including possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of firearms by certain persons and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

An affidavit states that a Bentonville Police Department officer received an anonymous tip that Womack was at WoodSpring Suites on Phyllis St., in a red truck with a camper shell on it.

“Womack was a parolee who was showing to be an absconder with warrants for his arrest,” the affidavit states.

The warrants were for suspicion of parole violation and possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver.

Officers found the pickup, a red Ford F-150, was behind the hotel and that two people, a woman wearing a WoodSpring Suites shirt and a man who was not Womack, were standing near the building.

An officer approached the pickup and saw the front driver side door was open and that a black handgun was stuffed between the driver’s seat and the center console.

The officer spoke to the WoodSpring Suites employee. She said she did not know who the pickup belonged to. The officer told the employee that he was looking for Womack, but the employee said that no rooms at the hotel were listed under that name.

The officer then saw a man he recognized as Womack and another person inside the hotel. The officer asked Womack to come talk with him, and the person Womack was with turned and walked the other way.

“Officer Brown asked Womack if he was James Womack, and he stated no. Officer Brown asked him what his name was and he stated Bradley, and Officer Brown then asked him for his last name. Womack hesitated for a minute and stated Wilson,” the affidavit states.

Womack was placed under arrest on the warrants. He then admitted he was James Womack, the affidavit states.

Womack said the pickup belonged to his friend Larry and that Larry dropped him off and left.

The corporal questioned Womack about the pickup. Womack said the pickup did not belong to him, but he did drive it to the hotel after switching cars at another location, according to the affidavit.

A police corporal spoke with the other man that was with Womack. The man was told he was free to go.

A drug-detecting K-9 was used to search the pickup and a positive alert was made.

An officer removed the gun, a black Ruger SR22, from the pickup and pulled out the gun’s magazine, which had ammo in it, and pulled the slide back, ejecting a round, according to the affidavit.

Brown opened the pickup’s center console and found a blue, plastic, waterproof case and a red and black zip case. The plastic case contained a ziplock baggie with cellophane wrapper with a green wax-like material that smelled like marijuana, two used syringes, glass smoking pipe with a white residue and burned residue on it, metal weight and a four-piece pill container containing two different kinds of clonazepam, a controlled substance and a white pill-like substance that could not be identified.

The zip case included a black digital scale with white residue that was tested positive for methamphetamine, baggies containing a white, crystal-like substance, zip lock baggie with syringe caps, zip lock baggie with alcohol prep wipes, blue glass smoking pipe with burned residue that smelled of burned marijuana on it, mail belonging to a man with the first name Larry and a cell phone believed to be Womack’s, according to the affidavit.

The crystal-like content of the baggies was tested using a methamphetamine and cocaine field test kit. The kit only received a positive hit for methamphetamine in the bag labeled E-4, the affidavit states.

Authorities reviewed Womack’s criminal history and found a 2008 DWI conviction out of Arkansas, 2012 DWI conviction out of Missouri, 2016 conviction for criminal conspiracy for manufacturing, delivery or possession of a controlled substance out of Arkansas and a 2013 conviction for failure to appear out of Arkansas, according to the affidavit.

Police requested that a $60,000 bond be set for Womack.

Statement from U.S. Rep Steve Womack:
“Like so many families across this nation, our family has been dealing with a loved one’s addiction. The most recent arrest of our son adds to that pain. We love him unconditionally; however, as an adult, he is accountable for the choices he’s made. We honor and respect the criminal justice system that will decide his fate. I truly regret that he has put himself and his family in this difficult situation.  

“Nothing is more devastating than to see a loved one struggle with addiction. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever faced, and I know we are not alone. Addiction is eating away at the soul of our country. This is a very difficult time for our family – we ask simply for your prayers.”

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