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Smackover man sentenced to prison



By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff A Smackover man alleged to be a habitual drug offender received a 20-year sentence following a guilty plea to new drug charges Thursday afternoon in Union County Circuit Court.
Michael Caldwell, 39, also received a 20-year suspended imposition of sentence for delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine), two counts, and a separate charge of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine).
Investigators with the Arkansas State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Offi ce recorded numerous undercover buys last August in which Smackover police made a positive identifi cation of Caldwell, according to the probable cause affi davit.
Caldwell has been convicted of three prior felonies, according to court documents. At least six other counts of drug delivery were dropped through the plea negotiations. Judge Hamilton H. Single- ton assessed court costs and attorney’s fee totaling $300 in the case.
Also on Thursday: • Renika Harris was sentenced to six years in prison and given a fi ve-year suspended imposition of sentence following a guilty plea to fi rstdegree criminal mischief, residential burglary and third degree domestic battery. She was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $300 and was ordered to submit a DNA sample.
• Angelita Johnson was given fi ve years probation af ter entering a guilty plea to violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law and forgery. Resti tution will be determined and court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $300 were assessed.

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