Judge refuses to lower Valentino's bond

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Sebastian Valentino

By Scott Loftis


A Eureka Springs man who was arrested after a standoff with special response officers in September remained in the Carroll County Detention Center on Tuesday after a judge denied a request to lower his $500,000 bond.

Sebastian Valentino, 49, faces a felony charge of first degree battery. He is accused of stabbing David Sjoberg on Sept. 25 at the Iron Horse Stables on Highway 62 between Berryville and Eureka Springs.

Valentino was arrested at a residence on Eureka Springs’ Historic Loop later that day after the home was surrounded for several hours by officers with the Tri-City Special Response Team.

Officers also arrested John Callahan, 67, and Marilyn Sloas, 41, at the residence. Callahan and Sloas were booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. They were later freed on bond.

Valentino, who already had multiple pending charges in three unrelated incidents earlier this year, appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Sept. 27, and Ramsey set Valentino’s bond at $500,000.

Valentino, Callahan and Sloas appeared before Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson on Nov. 4, but their cases were continued until Monday pending the filing of formal charges. Charges were later filed against Valentino and Callahan but as of Tuesday, no charges have been filed against Sloas.

Valentino appeared before Jackson on Monday in the Western District Courthouse in Eureka Springs. Valentino entered a plea of not guilty and Jackson denied a motion by public defender Beau Allen to reduce Valentino’s bond.

Sloas also appeared before Jackson on Monday but her case was continued pending prosecutors’ decision on whether to formally charge her.

Callahan’s arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in Eureka Springs.

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