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Plea deal for Fort Smith felon results in four year stay with eleven years suspended

A Friday plea deal in Sebastian County Circuit Court which saw two of three felony cases dropped sent a Fort Smith man to prison with a four year sentence after a guilty pronouncement on a Theft by Receiving Debit/Credit Card charge.

Kevin Blake Howington, 30, entered the guilty plea to the theft charges after prosecutors dropped Possession of Methamphetamine and a Drug Paraphernalia count but pursued a Habitual Offender enhancement during sentencing. Howington received a four year imposed penalty with eleven years suspended.

According to booking records with the Sebastian County Detention Center, Howington was arrested back on March 10 on one Theft by Receiving count and on theft and possession violations back on January 7 of this year. He was arrested in March with co-defendant Robby Joel Gann, who was sentenced to 720 months of total time (204 months real time) on felony theft and drug charges.

Howington had also been convicted of Misdemeanor Theft of Property in 2019.

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