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Inmate from Fort Smith doing life for murder charged with hitting prison guard


The accused inmate, William Kimble, 39, has been transferred from the private prison in Cushing to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, court records show.

Kimble was 19 and living in Fort Smith when he and two others were charged with first-degree murder in the 1999 Leflore County death of Everett J. Harvell Jr., 22.

Kimble was convicted at 21 by a Leflore County jury and given a life without parole sentence in 2001 — which was affirmed by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in 2002, court records show.

The maximum penalty for aggravated assault and battery on a corrections officer after a former felony conviction is life in prison, which Kimble was already serving for murder, court records show.