LITTLE ROCK MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 15 YEARS YEARS FOR UNLAWFUL USE OF A FIREARM DURINGA FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2013
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that James Wymes, age 24, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was sentenced on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of using a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime. Wymes was sentenced to 190 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren, U.S. District Judge, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.
U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “Acts of violence such as that involved in this case - have no place in our communities. For this reason, we remain committed to prosecuting violent offenses, drug-trafficking crimes, and felon in possession of a firearm cases across the Western District of Arkansas."
According to court records, on December 20, 2010, officers from the Fayetteville Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Fayetteville upon reports of a shooting. Witnesses to the shooting stated that James Wymes had traveled from Little Rock to Fayetteville to purchase a pound of marijuana. During the transaction, Wymes pulled out the Smith & Wesson revolver and discharged it in the residence, hitting the victim in the leg. Wymes then fled the scene with the marijuana. The officers conducted a traffic stop on Wymes heading southbound on Interstate 540. The arresting officers believed that the defendant had thrown something from his vehicle prior to being stopped. The officers searched the area and discovered approximately one pound of marijuana and a Smith & Wesson, .38 caliber revolver. Upon being advised of his Miranda rights, Wymes admitted to coming to purchase the marijuana in Fayetteville and to discharging the gun in the residence.
On February 28, 2013, Wymes pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of using a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime. Wymes was previously convicted of a felony out of Pulaski County, Arkansas.
This case was investigated by Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.
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