Probation violator found armed in Texarkana motel room

Photo via Arkansas Community Corrections
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Probation absconder John Mathis, 37, was arrested Wednesday after violating probation.

Mathis was placed on probation for a drug conviction, and in the course of five months failed to report to supervision officer.

According to Arkansas Community Correction, Mathis was sentenced in March to five years probation.

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According to ACC officials, the Special Response Team set out in search of Mathis and was able to locate him in a motel room in Texarkana.

Mathis was found with a sawed-off shotgun in his possession.

Mathis was arrested and transported to county jail on Thursday, and is now facing probation revocation for absconding, in addition to a felony charge for a felon in possession of a shotgun.

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