Local man sentenced to prison
By KELI JACOBI News-T imes Staff An El Dorado man was sentenced to 15 years in prison following his admission of guilt to possessing a rock of crack cocaine in Tuesday’s session of Union County Circuit Court.
James Singleton, 26, also admitted to habitual felony offender status, making him eligible for an enhanced term in prison. The state agreed to drop charges of fi rearm possession during plea negotiations. Singleton also received a fi ve year suspended imposition of sentence and was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $300.
Another defendant, Marcus Jones, also pleaded guilty to habitual offender status and to charges of possession of a fi rearm by a certain person on Tuesday.
Jones was sentenced to 10 years in prison and received a fi ve year suspended imposition of sentence. Charges of aggravated assault were dropped and he was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees of $150 each. He was also ordered to submit to a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee. Judge Hamilton H. Singleton presided over Tuesday’s session of court.
Also in circuit court on Tuesday: • Michael Hunter, 33, was sentenced to one year in Union County jail and credited with 292 days of pre-trial incarceration after he pleaded guilty to second-degree escape. Hunter was one of six inmates who escaped from the jail last March, but he voluntarily returned to the Union County Sheriff’s Offi ce shortly afterwards. Hunter was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees of $150 each and was given a fi ve year suspended imposition of sentence.
• Benjamin Turner, 41, pleaded no contest to an amended charge of third-degree battery, reduced from felony charges of second-degree battery. He was fi ned $250 and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $300.
• Jerry Morris, 40, pleaded guilty to his fourth offense of driving while intoxicated and was fi ned $1,000. He was also sentenced to one year in the Community Corrections Center and given a fi ve year suspended imposition of sentence. He was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees of $300. Morris also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of refusal to submit to a blood alcohol test and driving on a suspended license.
• Minnie Jackson, 45, pleaded no contest to possession of a controlled substance and was given fi ve years probation. She was assessed court costs of $150 and was ordered to a drug evaluation. Jackson was given fi rst offender status, making her case fi le eligible to be expunged if she follows the terms of her fi ve-year probation.