Arkansas Crime

Martha Shoffner
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

An attorney for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is objecting to a presentencing report that suggests she spend at least 15 years in prison for bribery and extortion convictions.

Attorney Chuck Banks filed an objection Friday to the report in U.S. District Court. Banks says a more appropriate sentence would be about 12 to 18 months, with half served in home detention.

Shoffner was convicted last year on 14 bribery and extortion charges. Prosecutors say she illegally steered state business to a bond broker who gave her cash.

Police in Little Rock say a suspect in one of the two fatal shootings in the city this week has surrendered. Police say 22-year-old Kevious Montrell Foster gave him self up Friday morning.

Foster was wanted for first-degree murder in the Wednesday afternoon shooting of 25-year-ld Ladarrious Galbruth in east Little Rock. Galbruth was found dead in the driver's seat of a vehicle that crashed into a parked vehicle.

The mayor of an Arkansas city where the only police dog was fatally shot by a resident says charges have been dropped against the shooter.

Bay Mayor Daniel Kirby says the city decided to drop all charges against 26-year-old Zachary Worley because the dog, Vox, escaped from his cage. Worley initially was arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated cruelty to an animal, but the charge later was reduced to misdemeanor discharge of a firearm within city limits.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Worley shot the dog in his backyard because it was attacking one of his pet rabbits.

Jermain Taylor
Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

A boxer accused of shooting his cousin and threatening a child with a gun has been granted permission to leave his treatment program to attend church.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a Pulaski County judge ruled Monday that Jermain Taylor could go to weekly church services, as long as he's accompanied by an employee of the recovery center where Taylor is in a substance-abuse program. The boxer also must sit alone at church.

James Clay
Delaware State Police

The attorney for a Delaware man accused in a 1967 Arkansas killing says his client is being held illegally as he fights extradition.

In court papers filed this week, the public defender for James Leon Clay of Georgetown says Clay was arrested on March 10 and has been incarcerated beyond the permitted 30 days, with no extension sought by or granted to state authorities.

Hot Spring Co. Sheriffs Office

The Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office says authorities have captured a murder suspect who escaped from county jail.

Authorities said Monday that 24-year-old Cornell Huell was back in jail after escaping Sunday night.

Huell was being held on charges of capital murder, burglary and theft in connection to a February killing.

KATV-TV reports that sheriff's office officials believe Huell scaled a 20-foot fence and used a blanket to cover razor wire at the top.

It's unclear how he was apprehended on Monday.

Police in Little Rock say a man who crashed his vehicle while being pursued by officers ran into a daycare center and was later arrested.

No injuries are reported.

Lt. Sidney Allen says the incident began shortly after 11 a.m. Friday when the man crashed the vehicle and ran in to Full Potential Daycare near Interstate 30 in south Little Rock. Allen says the man ran into an unoccupied portion of the daycare that is separated from the daycare area because of construction and that the man had no contact with children or staff.

The attorney for two Arkansas prison inmates who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles told the state Supreme Court that both should be resentenced based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Jeff Rosenzweig argued Thursday to the state court meeting in Mountain Home that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling should be applied retroactively and Aaron Hodge and James Grubbs should each receive new sentencing hearings.

Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula and Pvt. William Long recruiters shot
KARK-TV 4/ ArkansasMatters.com

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. French Hill say the U.S. Army will award the Purple Heart to two soldiers who were shot outside an Army recruiting station in Little Rock.

Private William Long of Conway was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded when they were shot in June 2009.

The 2014 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes the Purple Heart to military members killed or wounded in an attack that specifically targets them because they are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or is carried out by a foreign terrorist organization.

A former central Arkansas circuit court judge has voluntarily surrendered his license to avoid a disciplinary hearing.

The Arkansas Supreme Court accepted the surrender Thursday from Michael Maggio, barring him from practicing law in Arkansas. The Faulkner County judge pleaded guilty to bribery earlier this year.

Maggio pleaded guilty in January for accepting campaign donations from a nursing home owner and a lobbyist in exchange for reducing the award from a wrongful death lawsuit. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

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