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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Attack on law enforcement official lands Fort Smith man in prison for 12 years

A 35-year-old registered sex offender from Fort Smith was sentenced to 12 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on Wednesday for aggravated assault on a certified law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility according to information from Sebastian County Circuit court.

Carlos Urbano Villanueva, whose address listed with the court system is in the 1900 block of May Avenue in Fort Smith, was handed the dozen year imposed sentence and was also given an additional 18 years suspended as an habitual offender in the court action Wednesday morning.

According to other court records, villanueva had been arrested in 2021 for failing to register as a sex offender. There is still no record of him at this time being registered as a sex offender inside the city of Fort Smith.

on Wednesday, Villanueva was facing battery in the second degree charges as well as the aggravated assault on the police officer. The state agreed to not prosecute the battery in the second degree charge in order to facilitate the plea deal.

Villanueva was arrested in February of 2022 on a number of charges that included what he stood against in court on Wednesday, the criminal mischief in the first degree, the failure to report is a sex offender charge, and a petition to revoke from August of 2021. According to court records, he was returned to Sebastian County on those charges after being released from the mental hospital

He has been jailed in the special housing unit of the county lockup since that time and was given jail time credit in his plea deal this week.

He was required to give a DNA sample, and based on the plea dealthe petition to revoke has been withdrawn.

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