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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Three concurrent 22-year sentences handed down to Fort Smith drug dealer

A 40-year-old Fort Smith man with a long history of drug violations and arrests was sentenced to 22-years on each of three drug charges in a felony plea deal in Sebastian County Circuit Court.

John W. Ross Jr., who lived in the 1900 block of North K. Street when he was arrested, faced five felony charges including a Proximity to Certain Facilities count. He also faced Failure to Appear, two drug possession, and two paraphernalia charges.

His arrest on January 22, 2021, resulted in sixteen counts, including a myriad of drug and possession charges, as well as the battery of an officer. That arrest was his third felony arrest in an eighteen-month span dating back to July of 2019.

The 22-year sentences were set to run concurrently, and there were an additional 24 years of suspended sentences attached to the plea.

Ross remained in the Sebastian County Detention Center awaiting transfer t the ADC.

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