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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Arkoma man sentenced to ten years in ADC for aggravated assault on family or household member

A 46-year-oldArkoma man arrested in August of 2022 was sentenced Friday in Sebastian County Circuit Court to ten years in prison with five years suspended on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threatening, and possession of firearms by certain persons.

According to information from the courts and the Sebastian County Detention Center, James Wesley Lanham lived in in the 100 block of Lela Street in Arkoma at the time of his arrest by the Sebastian County Sheriff Office. He was booked into the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on August 1, 2022 and charged with one count each of aggravated assault on a family or household member and terroristic threatening in the first degree.

It appears the firearms violation was added after he was vetted by the courts after his arrest, Lanham was bailed out of jail the same day he was arrested by local bail bond company. He remained free until his court date on Friday.

Lanham appeared Friday with his attorney and pled guilty as charged on all counts. He was given a sentence for 10 years in the ADC with the five years suspended which constituted total time to be served on all of the violations.

Although no other felony violations are listed in Arkansas for Lanham, he did have a number of felony arrest and convictions out of Oklahoma.

One of those was from 2000 for escape from a penal institution, out of Okfuskee County and another was for a firearms violation out of Leflore County. In addition he had six felony arrest out of Tulsa County back in 1995, and he was serving time for those crimes when he escaped from jail in 2000.

Lanham was given jail term credit for the time he spent in the Sebastian County Detention Center, and he was ordered to have no offensive contact with one of his victims and no contact of any kind with the other.

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