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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Fort Smith man catches 25-years in ADC for part in May shooting of 24-year-old resident

A 29-year-old F0rt Smith man who was already serving time in the Arkansas Department of Corrections after an arrest earlier in the year triggered a parole violation won't be seeing the outside world very soon after he was sentenced to a total of 56 years in prison, reduced to a 25-year stint by concurrent times.

Steven Derrick Massey Jr., who was arrested on May 5 and charged with multiple felonies stemming from a shooting that resulted in surgery for a head wound for a 24-year-old F0rt Smith resident, entered a plea deal in open court on Wednesday.

Massey, who was on parole for various crimes dating back to 2014 involving drug paraphernalia and firearms violations at the time of his arrest in May, was initially charged with first-degree unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, first-degree battery, and first-degree terroristic threatening, as well as a parole violation,

He was transferred to the ADC on May 19 for a petition to revoke and has been serving time for his previous convictions at the East Arkansas Region Unit in Brickeys prior to his returned to Sebastian County for the Wednesday court proceedings.

Massey received 25 years on two felony counts and six years on another, with a total of 24-years suspended imposition of sentence for all convictions.

The shooting occurred in the 4000 block of Marshall Avenue, and according to police was related to numerous calls pertaining to gunshots received early on the morning of May 5.

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