• Dennis McCaslin

Alma man sentenced to eight years after plea deal on drug and paraphernalia charges

An Alma man who was arrested on drug charges in November 2020 and has a history of absconding nand parole violations was sentenced to eight years in prison last week accordng to information from the Sebastioan County Crcuit court.

Thomas Gene Watson, 39, entered a guilty plea on Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was given the 72-m0nth sentence as well as 12 years suspended in a case in which he was arrested with two other suspects.

Watson was given credit for time already served and had a Petion to Revoke withdrawn as part of the plea deal.

Watson was adrresed by the Fort Smith Police Department in November 2020 along with Rebecca Ann Evans and Marinda Hayden and charged with one cpount pof Possession of Meth and Three counts of Possessionn of Drg Paraphernalia.

Evans was sentenced to a pair of concurrent 36-month sentences as well as 108 monjths of concurrent suspended sentences. Evans was transferred to the Arkansas Deprtment of Corrections on March 16 of this year and is currently serving her time in the McPherson Unit in Newport.

Hayden's case shows no adjudication as of yet on Arkansas Court Connect.

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