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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Fort Smith man catches three years for being a felon in possession of firearms during drug arrest

A 29-year-old south Fort Smith man who was arrested on four felony counts in a little more than two years will be moving from the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center to the Arkansas Department of Corrections after a plea deal in circuit court on the charge of felony possession of a firearm by certain persons and failure to appear after two other charges sere dropped on Wednesday.

Marquis Demondre McAdams, wh0 has avoided serious jail time despite drug and failure to appear arrests in the past. has been in the SCADC since has September 24 arrest on a non-bond hold. On Wednesday, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia charges were dropped.

McAdams was given three years for his guilty plea on We4dndesdayand sentenced as a habitual offender. He had previously been arrested for possession of a controlled substance in 2019 in Washington County in a case that wasn't prosecuted and also caught a failure to appear charge in 2018 that resulted in 65 days in the Washington County Detention Center and six years suspended imposition of sentence.

The arrest for which he plead out on Wednesday also resulted in a property forfeiture hearing in December. That September arrest involved two other defendants being charged with various drug related counts.

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