• Dennis McCaslin

Murder over Fort Smith cell phone dispute earns Pocola woman thirty-five years in ADC


Kelsey Christine Dampier

A 28-year-old Pocola woman who pled guilty on Thursday in the shooting death of 27-year-old Joshua Flanagan on January 7 in a dispute over a cell phone will likely spend the better part of the next two-and-a-half decades behind bars after her sentencing in Sebastian County Circuit Court.


Kelsey Christine Dampier, who had been in the Sebastian County Detention Center on a no-bond hold since the day of her arrest, was sentenced to sixty-nine years total but since the sentences were set to run concurrently will serve a 35-year sentence for the First Degree Murder charge.


The remainder of the imposed time included twenty years for Felon in Possession of a Firearms, six years each on Theft by Receiving -Firearms and Reckless Burning charges, and an additional 72-months as a Habitual Offender.


Dampier will face a Parole Eligible date somewhere near the middle of 2035 not counting any changes to her sentencing or time credited for time served and good behavior.


Court records show Dampier shot Josh Flanagan, the father of three daughters, from one fort Smith residence to another and later told investigators she "pinged" her stolen phone as being in the possession of Flanagan.


She had made a comment at the first residence that she would "kill someone" for stealing her phone.


After the shooting, Flanagan was taken to a local hospital where he died.


Dampier will remain in the custody of the SCDC until her assignment and transfer to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.




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