El Dorado man gets 10-year sentence
By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff An El Dorado man is behind bars after entering a guilty plea to drug charges in Tuesday afternoon’s session of Union County Circuit Court. Darren King, 47, of 1106 Martin Luther King, was sentenced to a 10-year prison term after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Caren Harp dropped intent to deliver charges during plea discussions.
Judge Carol C. Anthony also imposed a fi ve year suspended imposition of sentence on the defendant and assessed court costs and fi nes of $150 each, along with a $250 attorney’s fee.
Deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Offi ce allege that King was found with crack cocaine and a crack pipe while in the same house as Carl "June Bug" Brown, an escaped inmate from Union County Jail, according to the probable cause affi davit. Investigators were tipped that the escapee was hiding in the house – known as "The Spot" – by an informant familiar with the residence as a haven for drug sellers.
King’s probation was also revoked after he pleaded true to probation violations, stemming from a guilty plea to robbery in September 2003. Anthony imposed a $10 fi ne and assessed additional costs of $150 on the revocation charge.
Also on Tuesday: • James Wilson, 26, pleaded guilty to residential burglary, theft of property and habitual offender status. He was sentenced to one year in county jail and fi ned $150. He was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400.
• Otis Arnold, 31, pleaded guilty to residential burglary, theft of property and habitual offender status. He was sentenced to fi ve years suspended imposition of sentence on each count and fi ned $300.
He was ordered to pay restitution of $3,500 and assessed court costs and fees totaling $400.
• Jack Kent Jr., 42, pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a fi rearm. He was ordered to have no contact with his victim or the victim’s family and fi ned $150. He was sentenced to 81 days in county jail and assessed court costs and fees totaling $400.
• Tony Craig, 39, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident with injury and driving while intoxicated. He was given three years probation, fi ned $550 and sentenced to 10 days in county jail. He was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $550 and ordered to submit to a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.