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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

FIfty-nine-year-old Fort Smith woman handed fifteen years in prison on methamphetamine charges



A 59-year-old Fort Smith woman who was arrested in February of last year on methamphetamine charges was sentenced to a 15-year term during a session of Sebastian County Circuit Court last week.

According to information supplied by Arkansas Court Connect and the Sebastian County Detention Center, Deborah Barham, who was arrested on February 10, 2022 by the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, drew the sentence after a plea deal on charges of delivery of methamphetamine, and a failure to appear warrant. Barham (aka Deborah Ruffner) was charged as a habitual offender in the case.

In addition to the 15-year imposed sentence Barham drew she also was given an additional 25-year suspended. Barham received the same sentencing on both crimes but the terms were set to run concurrently..


Barham obviously already had existing sentences since her new prison time was set to run concurrent with existing sentences. She was given jail time credit, required to provide DNA to the courts and will be forced to pay restitution of $200 at $60 a month beginning 90 days after her release. She was also was assigned $150 in court cost.


As of Sunday afternoon Barham remained in the Sebastian County Adult detention center awaiting her prison assignment.



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