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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Contined lack of respect for laws and rules results in six-year term added to existing prison time

A 33-year- old Van Buren man who is already serving a 72-month sentence in the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections for a Crawford County forgery conviction was brought back to Sebastian County last week and saw six years added to his current confinement time in a plea deal on Wednesday. Caleb Drew Martin, whose address listed with a Sebastian County court system is in the 1900 block of North 29th Street in Van Buren, was sentenced on two counts of forgery in the second degree and two counts of theft by receiving by credit or debit card and was given six years as well as nine years suspended Those sentences were set to run concurrent with existing Crawford County terms and Martin was deemed eligible to serve time at a regional correction facility if he is found eligible. Martin has an extremely long rap sheet with Sebastian and Crawford counties dating all the way back to 2014. In Sebastian County alone there have been several misdemeanor arrests in addition to theft of property, petitions to revoke, possession of firearms by felon, residential burglary, theft of property, possession of a instrument of crime, contempt, and various other charges.

He has opportunities to side-step prison with assignment to drug court in the past but has also pickied up three incarcerations for drug court sanctions over the years. The arrest for which he was sentenced on Wednesday occurred on March 8th 2022 when he was arrested by the Fort Smith Police Department.


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