El Dorado resident sentenced to prison
By KELI JACOBI News-T imes Staff An El Dorado man was sentenced to 60 years in prison following his guilty plea to drug charges in Union County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Carlton King, 43, was to face trial by jury in early December on charges of delivering close to a gram of crack cocaine to a confi dential informant two years ago. King was originally slated for trial last February, but disappeared days before his scheduled court date. Authorities arrested King last month in California and returned him to Arkansas to face the charges.
King was charged as a habitual offender and would’ve been eligible for an extended term of punishment, if found guilty. The range of punishment for the class Y felony drug charge is not less than 10 years in prison or up to life imprisonment. In addition to the prison term, Judge Carol C. Anthony assessed court costs of $150 against the defendant. Anthony also accepted the guilty plea of a 52-year-old El Dorado woman who admitted her involvement in frequent drug deliveries from an El Dorado residence, and sentenced her to a 10-year prison term. Mary Ann Crockett admitted to living at the 514 E. Elm St. residence owned by Raymond Smith, but denied direct involvement with the sale of drugs from the home. However, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Caren Harp stated that Crockett had "full knowledge " of the drug activity and even benefi ted from the money it generated.
"Is that correct?" said Anthony to the defendant.
"Yes ma’am," Crockett replied.
In addition to the prison term, Crockett was given a fi ve-year suspended imposition of sentence and assessed a $150 fi ne on each drug count, which included possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug premises. Crockett was also assessed a $250 fee for a DNA sample and a $250 attorney’s fee.
Anthony allowed the defendant time to get her affairs in order before her sentence takes effect on Nov. 28.
Also in the Tuesday morning session of circuit court: • LaToya Henry, 23, pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges of assault and was fi ned $100, and was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400. Charges of robbery, theft of property over $500 and breaking or entering were dropped, due to lack of cooperation from the alleged