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April 25, 2014


Hot Springs, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Arsenio Buckley, age  28, of Arkadelphia, was sentenced yesterday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Buckley was sentenced to 84 months in prison with three years of supervised release to follow. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing in the United States District Court in the Hot Springs Division.

U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “Felons in possession of firearms have no place in our towns and communities.  They pose a serious threat of harm to our police officers and to the citizens at large.  We will continue to investigate and prosecute these cases, and hopefully prevent violence throughout the Western District of Arkansas.”

“The citizens of our communities are safer as a result of the partnership of local and federal authorities” stated Blake Batson, Prosecuting Attorney for the 9th East Judicial District in Clark County.  “We will continue to refer cases that the federal system will have a greater impact on to the U.S. Attorney's office. I appreciate U.S. Attorney Eldridge's willingness and commitment to prosecute these cases.” 

According to court records, on July 24, 2013, officers of the Arkadelphia Police Department observed a vehicle run several a stop sign, accelerate, run another stop sign, and again accelerate. Officers conducted a traffic stop and learned the vehicle registration was suspended.  One officer observed the defendant making awkward movements and reaching his hand under the seat.  The driver and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle, and officers located a Beretta .22 caliber handgun with one unspent round in the chamber and six unspent rounds in the magazine.  The driver was identified as Arsenio Buckley who was previously convicted of a felony (possession with intent) punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year.

This case was investigated by the Arkadelphia Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Bragg prosecuted the case for the United States.

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