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.
The U.S. Probation Office recommendation, which was not available online, uses the $2.4 million in commissions the broker received from the deal to advocate for a sentence between 15 and almost 20 years.
Banks objected, saying Shoffner did not receive those funds. Read Here
Fort Chaffee in northwest Arkansas once played an important role at the end United States' official involvement in the Vietnam War after the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces on April 30, 1975. From May until December of that year, Fort Chaffee became the temporary home to more than 50,000 Indochinese who had sought refugee status.
The resettlement process was known by the U.S. Military as “Operation New Life.” It was brought about when Congress enacted the Indochina Migration and Assistance Act of 1975
Fort Chaffee was among four domestic military bases to take in refugees from the war. The others were Camp Pendleton in California, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania. Fort Chaffee took in the largest share of the nearly 100,000 Indochinese political refugees who came to the United States in 1975. Read More
CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) – University of Central Arkansas junior Connor Gilmore earned his second Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week award in the past three weeks on Monday.
Gilmore, a righthander from Little Rock Catholic, tossed his fourth complete game in his past five starts Saturday in an 8-0 shutout of the New Orleans Privateers at Bear Stadium. Gilmore threw just 83 pitches, walked none and allowed six hits, all singles. He improved to 7-2 on the season with a 2.02 earned-run average. Gilmore, who won his fifth straight start, is now first in career shutouts (4) at UCA. He is also third in career victories (19) and tied for fifth in complete games (10).
Gilmore was named to the SLC All-Tournament team in 2013 as a freshman. Gilmore, junior Brandon Hagerla and sophomore Riley Echols all threw complete games in the Bears' sweep of New Orleans. Read More
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of Pine Bluff has pit bull restrictions, but the recent attack happened right outside city limits, meaning it falls under Jefferson County's discretion.
The county only has a vicious animal ordinance, one that was enacted in 1995. Now, loved ones of the victim are hoping to get the outdated ordinance changed.
"Dealing with it day by day," John Smith explained. The circumstances are almost surreal for Pine Bluff resident John Smith. He continued, "I honestly believe that even if it had not been De'Trick, it was going to be someone."
In March, Smith's best friend, De'Trick Johnson was mauled to death by a pack of eight pit bulls belonging to the owner of CJ's Garage, who happens to be Smith's father. Upon further investigation, THV11 learned there had been multiple reports previously filed against the owner, John Chester Smith. Read More