• Dennis McCaslin

Fort Smith 23-year-old man sent to prison for seven years on a myriad of drug-related charges


A Fort Smith man who was arrested July 21 of this year and charged with Maintaining a Drug Premises, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance will spend some significant time in prison after a plea bargain last week resulted in seven years imposed with ten years suspended in a bundle deal.


The arrest in July was along with a co-defendant, Michael Fry, who has yet to be sentenced on the charges. Williams has been held on a no-bond hold since his arrest.


After prosecutors moved last week to have the Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms charge reduced to conspiracy, Austin Lee Williams, 23, entered a guilty plea to the remaining charges in Sebastian County Circuit Court. The court allowed the proffer of the testimony of Williams before sentencing and all charges were set to run concurrently.


Williams was given credit for jai time served since his arrest and will faced six months of a suspended drivers license once he is released from prison.


Williams will remain in the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center until his transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.






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