A 27-year-old Fort Smith man who has had more than his fair share of interactions with police over the past several years was sentenced in Sebastian County Circuit Court on Wednesday to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with an additional 20 years suspended for a number of drug-related activities back in January.
According to information from Arkansas Court Connect Bryson Ray Cox, whose last listed address with the court was in the 3000 block of Howell Street in Fort Smith, drew the decade-long sentence as an habitual offender after a plea deal in court on Wednesday.
Cox avoided prosecution for fleeing in the case and had other charges amended before his sentencing during the court session.
The official court records of the plea deal stated that the sentence was set to run concurrently with "whatever other sentences he has out there".
Back on January 10 of this year he was arrested for over a dozen offenses including maintaining a premises for drug activity, possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, fleeing, petition to revoke felony, theft by receiving, criminal messages from the first degree, contempt, as a profile later, absconding, and as a fugitive from justice from another state.
The January arrest originated with the Barling Police Department.
Cox was already in prison for previous violations when he was returned just Sebastian County on February the 13 to testify in his latest round of wrongdoing.
Cox has had a series of arrests and convictions in the past including breaking or entering incidents other drug related charges and a number of failure to appears and parole violations and revocations.