• Dennis McCaslin

Plea deal allows Crawford County woman to bundle new time with existing sentences on drug charges

As usual, the docket at the Sebastian County Circuit Court was top loaded with drug-related cases this week, and nine different defendants are all headed to the Arkansas Department of Corrections with sentences ranging from two to six years.

On the top end of that scale was a 21-year-old Alma resident who drew concurrent sentences for violations committed in August of 2020 and who was already serving time on a revocation for Crawford County drug charges.

Britany Renee Dawson, who went from Possession of Alcohol by a Minor at age eighteen to eleven felony convictions in less than three years, was sentenced to a real time total of six years with four years suspended. She was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Dawson, who was already serving time for similar infractions in Crawford County, was able to wrangle a deal where her new sentences will run concurrent with the existing stretch in Crawford County and she will be able to serve her time in the Crawford County det6ention Center rather than face a transfer in to the ADC.

Fines and fees must be paid off at $60 per month once she is released and she will have her license suspended f0or the first six months of her freedom.

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