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story.lead_photo.caption In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 booking photo, provide by the Cross County, Arkansas, Sheriff's Office is Jerri Kelly, the wife of an Arkansas jail administrator who has been arrested after officials say she pulled a gun on four black teenagers fundraising door-to-door for their high school football team. Authorities say Kelly is charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor. (Cross County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Joe Kelly, the Cross County jail administrator, resigned Friday after being accused of favoritism for not taking a mug shot of his wife, Jerri Kelly, who was arrested Monday after she reportedly threatened black students with a gun in Wynne.

"Joe did nothing wrong, but with his wife and the way this blew up, he decided it was best," said Sheriff David West.

West said Jerri Kelly had a medical issue during her booking at the jail on Monday. She returned on Thursday and a mug shot was taken then.

West said the issue "blew up" on social media because there was no mug shot of Jerri Kelly on the jail's website at

"There's nothing shady here," said West. "How this has blown to this proportion over her photo not being there is beyond me."

West, a landlord, said the Kellys live in one of his rental houses. West said he has owned the rental company since 2009 and Joe Kelly was planning to buy the house from him.

Jerri Kelly was arrested Monday after she reportedly held four minors at gunpoint last week, police said.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, at about 10 a.m., Wynne police officers responded to a suspicious persons call on Morningside Drive, according to a news release by the department. When police arrived they found four minors lying on the ground with a woman, identified as Jerri Kelly, holding a gun as she stood over them, the release states.

According to police, the students told officers they were selling discount cards for a school athletic program.

Authorities investigated the incident and arrested Kelly on Monday evening.

Kelly is charged with four counts each of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to police.


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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 16, 2019 at 4:23 p.m.

    If this is the face of the KKK and I do believe it is, I can only continue with my position.

    PAT here would love to incarcerate anyone...

  • CartoonDude
    August 16, 2019 at 4:33 p.m.

    I'd REALLY like to hear her side of this story!

  • hah406
    August 16, 2019 at 5:37 p.m.

    I'd really like to hear why she felt the need to pin down those high school boys at gun point in the middle of the day. Racial profiling anyone?

  • wolfman
    August 16, 2019 at 5:44 p.m.

    let's get back to the original story of.... all procedures were followed and no special treatment was given....FALSE! and they will probably claim mental issues as the reason for all this. she knew what she was doing and WHY she was doing it.

    August 16, 2019 at 6:25 p.m.

    Fine Southern folk.

    Right, KlansmanMaKKK?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 16, 2019 at 6:48 p.m.

    Thats no way to talk about your familia and voter bloc Armnar

  • ZeebronZ
    August 16, 2019 at 7:13 p.m.

    Oh, man, this one is gonna go deep. The sheriff's indirectly involved because the wife of his jail administrator locked and loaded on some innocent black kids and they didn't get her mugshot and they live in one of his rent houses, law abiding landlord that he is...

  • Retirednwsman
    August 16, 2019 at 7:18 p.m.

    Another one of those good guys with a gun, or should I say a good girl with a gun. What about it Pack?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 16, 2019 at 7:37 p.m.

    the artist formerly known as "Pack-man" uttered a single word of which resonated with reality truth to highest cymatic resonance and thus was expelled from the universe and all universes that persist with this postings relevance.

  • Foghorn
    August 16, 2019 at 8:33 p.m.

    This story has gone viral internationally. There are MANY more details in reputable news sources. She’s guilty as sin. She confronted the kids in her yard with a gun just because they were black in a white neighborhood. If she thought they were up to mischief - which they were not - all she had to do was stay in her house and call police. Thankfully, she didn’t actually kill any of them.