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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Bizarre January battery incident in Doubletree Hotel sends Fort Smith man to prison for eight years

Robert Ellingburg

A 33-year-old Fort Smith man was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison with twelve suspended on commercial burglary charges and eight years with seven suspended on a second degree battery that caused serious injuries according to information from Sebastian County Circuit Court.

Robert Paul Ellingburg III, who has been arrested for thirteen felonies in Sebastian County since August 2019 and for several others in Pulaski County in the same time period, was also hit with a habitual offender designation which added four years to his "total time" sentencing.

The conviction on Wednesday stems around a disturbance at the Doubletree Hotel in Fort Smith in January in which Ellingburg went into a room with a cleaning staff member and accosted the woman.

Ellinsburg was sent to prison for twenty-four months back in October of 2019 but he was back out and up to his old tricks within five months because an April 2020 arrest for Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member and Criminal Mischief triggered a parole revocation and sent him back into the ADC system.

That brings us to January of this year when he was tagged with Commercial Burglary and Second Degree Battery which earned his his second Petition to Revoke charge in less than seven months. The revocation was dropped and the other two charges are what sent him back to prison on Wednesday.

Ellingburg will have to pay $60 per month 90-days after he is released to satisfy court cost and fees, stay away from the victim and is banned from any Doubletree property in Sebastian County.

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