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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Fort Smith man sentenced to six years after plea deal to reduced drug charges

A 45-year-old Fort Smith man who has been in jail since his arrest back in September of last year on drug charges, failure to appear, and contempt (willful isobediance), will spend the next few years prison after a plea deal Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court.

Marcel Alexander Jr, whose address with the court is listed in the 1700 block of South 12th Street in Fort Smith, went into court Wednesday facing delivery of methamphetamine charges.

The local prosecuting attorney's office request to amend the charge to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine was granted and Alexander pled guilty as charged..

In addition to the six year imposed sentence, Alexander was also given an additional four years suspended sentence and will be required to provide DNA to the system.

According to booking information with a Sebastian County adult detention center, Alexander has been a frequent flyer and it's been arrested for everything from absconding to possession of controlled substances and at least one parole violation.

He went to prison in December of 2016 but was picked up and sent to prison again in July of 2018. That prison stay came after arrest for felony failure to appear.

He was arrested again in May of 2019 for failure to pay fines, and once again found himself in jail in January 2020 for driving on suspended remote driver's license and the ongoing contempt charge for failing to pay fines.

As of Thursday afternoon Alexander remained in the SCADC awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

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