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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Fort Smith woman going away with 30-year sentence after drug plea deal in local circuit court

A 57-year-old Fort Smith woman who was arrested in September for a Parole Violation and for Felony Failure to Appear was sentenced last week to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on a myriad of crimes from a December 2021 arrest.

Andrea C. Ross, who has a litany of felony arrests stretching all the way back to the 1990's and served at least three previous prison stints, received 30 years with an additional ten years suspended in as plea deal that saw one of her charges reduced as part o her guilty plea.

She was sentenced as a habitual offender. Originally charged with Maintaining a Premises for Drug Activity*, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Store or Conceal - Meth/Cocaine, and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Schedule I/II, the court downgraded the maintaining a drug premises to Conspiracy to PossessMeth/Cocaine with Purpose to Deliver as part of the plea deal.

Three petition to revoke charges were also withdrawn, and Ross was given credit for jail time served on all the counts.

Ross has served previous prison terms starting in 1996, 2013, and 2016. According to ADC records, she has been arrested for over thirten different felonies since 1996.

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