3rd Judicial Prosecutor Ryan Cooper announced that Judge Rob Ratton sentenced Heather Brannon, age 35, of Newport, to thirty-five years (35) in the Arkansas Department of Correction for Permitting the Abuse of a Minor and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.  

Mr. Cooper stated that the evidence was collected by the Arkansas State Police and the Newport Police Department and was presented to the Court by Sexual Assault Prosecutor John Pettie.  

The case began with an investigation into sexual abuse committed by the defendant’s husband, Thomas Brannon and lead to evidence of her complicity in the crimes.

 Thomas Brannon has been charged with multiple counts of Rape as well as charges relating to child pornography and is scheduled for trial November 2, 2021.

Mr. Pettie expressed his appreciation for the continued hard work of the agencies that compiled the case that allowed the defendant to be brought to justice.