• Dennis McCaslin

Man with multiple felony convictions stretching all the way back to 1994 draws five-year-sentence

A fifty-year-old Fort Smith man who has been convicted of numerous felonies since 1994 entered a guilty plea on drug related charges last week in Sebastian County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with an additional fifteen years suspended as a habitual offender.

Shannon Dan Jones, who was arrested in July of this year for Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia, has been in the Sebastian County Detention Center since that arrest awaiting trial on a multiple no-bond hold.

Last Thursday, Jones entered the guilty plea part of a plea deal, that saw the Petition to Revoke charge dismissed.

After avoiding prison for battery in 1994 and receiving a suspended imposition of sentence on drug charges a few years later, Jones has been a steady for the ADC out of Sebastian County. From 2005 to 2020, Jones has multiple convictions on drug, paraphernalia and forgery charges, drawing dozens of years in prison.

Counting last week's plea deal, Jones has been set to prison on at least a dozen fel0onies, hence the habitual offender designation on his plea deal.

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