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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Arkansas

Friday, January 23, 2015

Springdale Man Sentenced To Five Years For Felon In Posession Of Firearm Violation

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that James Ray King Jr., age 57, of Springdale, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison with three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented “Felons in possession of firearms pose a serious threat of harm to police officers and citizens in our communities. Our office, along with local authorities, will continue to relentlessly investigate and prosecute these types of cases in order to keep communities throughout the Western District of Arkansas safe from senseless violence.”

According to court records, on March 26, 2014, officers with the Springdale Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance at Johnson Meadows Apartments in Springdale. Upon arrival, officers observed King outside of his apartment in possession of a firearm. King was taken into custody at that time, and officers determined that the firearm was stolen. At King’s residence, officers located pipes, digital scales, and numerous plastic baggies used for packaging drugs. Outside of King’s apartment, officers located 14 grams of methamphetamine in yard debris near the location where King was taken into custody. King has previously been convicted of two felony drug charges coming out of Howard County, Arkansas, and as a prior felon is prohibited from possessing firearms. The stolen firearm in King’s possession was determined to have been manufactured outside the state of Arkansas. On July 8, 2014, King pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This case was investigated by the Springdale Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Updated April 10, 2015