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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Fort Smith habitual offender tagged with ten years in prison in arson and drug paraphernalia plea

Musa Salim Abdul-Khaliq

An Arkansas Department of Corrections inmate already serving a 24-month sentence of for revocation of parole on drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence charges just saw his prison time increased by several years after an open plea in Sebastian County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Musa Salim Abdul-Khaliq, 34, of Fort Smith, was brought back to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday to face two counts of Arson and felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges and will be headed back to Grady and the Varner Unit with an enhanced ten-year sentence after a plea deal.

Prosecutors reduced one of the Arson counts to Reckless Burning, and the guilty plea resulted in ten years for arson and six years on both of the other charges with ten years also suspended in the case. He was sentenced as a habitual offender and all tolled time was set to run currently with Abdul-Khaliq's current prison term.

Abdul-Khaliq was ordered to have no contact with the victim in the arson case and must pay restitution of $30,000 to that victim at $100 per month starting 90-days after his prison release.

Abdul-Khaliq had seven arrests on a mixed bag of misdemeanor and felony charges since 2019 prior to being sent to prison in February of last year, hence the habitual offender enhancement.

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