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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Felon avoids habitual offender status but still draws ten-year prison stay after Circuit Court plea

A 31-year-old Fort Smith man took a plea deal in Sebastian County Ccircuit Court last week, thereby avoiding being tagged as a habitual offender as part of the agreement.

Elijah McAllister Jr, whose address posted with the court was in the 1400 blocks of Jacob Avenue in Fort Smith, was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with an additional 15 years suspended on charges stemming from an arrest in early December by the Fort Smith police department.

McAllister appeared in Sebastian County Circuit Court on Wednesday with Deputy Public Defender Matt Davis. He was facing charges that included fleeing on foot causing serious injury, criminal mischief in the first degree, residential burglary, and with an intended habitual offender enhancement.

Once the plea deal was announced, McAlister pled guilty on all charges and received the 120 month sentence in addition to the 180 month SIS.

Upon release from prison, McAlister is to make restitution in the sum of $1,039.86 with payments of $150 a month beginning 90 days after his term ends, He is also banned from the Quality Inn on Burnham Road in Fort smith.

Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. McAlister was still incarcerated at the SC ADC awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

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