• Dennis McCaslin

One family assault too many sends Fort Smith man with anger issues into the state prison system

A Fort Smith man who has been banging out felonies since at least the early 90's was sentenced as a habitual offender to three years with 12 years suspended last week for his third Assault on a Family or Household Member in an 11-month span.

Michael Jerome Walls, 60, was arrested on two counts of Assault on a Family or Household Member, Domestic Batter and Endangering the Welfare of a Child in 2019. In last December of that year, he added another Domestic battery case to his file.

In August of 2020, Walls was arrested again for Assault on a Family or Household Member as well as two contempt charges and was released after nine days in jail on legally sufficient and signature bonds totaling $9730 in bonds.

His number came up in Sebastian County Court last week. In addition to the prison stay, Walls will be required to make $60 payments towards court cost and fees starting 90 days after his eventual release and was ordered to have no contact in the future with the victim in the case.

Walls has previous arrests for Battery, Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons, Breaking and Entering and a number of parole revocations.

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