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Fayetteville Woman Sentenced To Over 6 Years In Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas - Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Hjestie Olitta Sommer, age 40, of Fayetteville, was sentenced today to 77 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $1,900.00 fine on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, in August of 2016, the Fourth Judicial District Drug Taskforce (4th JDTF) learned that methamphetamine was being distributed in the Springdale, Arkansas area by Sommer. In August of 2016, the 4th JDTF arranged and conducted a controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Sommer. The substance purchased was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for testing. The lab determined that it was a mixture of a substance that contained methamphetamine weighing approximately 7.1 grams.


Sommer was indicted by a federal grand jury in March, 2017 and plead guilty in May, 2017.

This case was investigated by the 4th JDTF. Assistant United States Attorney Sydney Butler prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated September 13, 2017

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