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El Dorado man gets prison time



By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff An El Dorado man with two prior felony convictions was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after Judge Carol C. Anthony accepted his guilty plea to fi rst-degree sexual assault.
Arnold D. Lasater, 39, had faced the more serious charge of rape – a class Y felony punishable by up to 40 years or life imprisonment – but that charge was reduced during plea negotiations. Lasater was ordered to register as a sex offender and given an additional fi ve-year suspended imposition of sentence.
Lasater took the Alford plea – a plea in which the defendant asserts innocence, but admits suffi cient evidence exists which could result in a fi nding of guilt by jurors – in the state’s case against him, which was presented by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Caren Harp.
According to criminal information fi led in the case, an investigator with the Union County Sheriff’s Offi ce reported seeing the alleged victim hanging out of a small green car traveling east on Arkansas 335 and screaming for help just before midnight on July 9, 2005.
The investigator reportedly found the vehicle’s driver, Lasater, with his blue jean shorts unbuttoned and pulled down near his knees after the car had come to a stop. Lasater was transported to county jail where his blood alcohol content registered .159 – well above legal limits – and was found to be driving on a sus pended license following a conviction for driving while intoxicated on March 17, 2005, in Camden.
In a short taped statement following the incident, La sater admitted he had been drinking and that the alleged victim performed oral sex on him, although he claimed the act was consensual.
Lasater was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees to taling $400 and was granted pre-trial incarceration credit of 225 days.
Others pleading late Tues day afternoon in Union Coun ty Circuit Court included: • Joseph Rainey, 27, to pos session of marijuana with in tent to deliver. He was given three years probation and as sessed court costs of $150. He was ordered to pay $250 for a DNA sample and had his driv er’s license suspended for six months. He was fi ned $1,000. • Eureka Malone, 28, to conspiracy to deliver marijuana, reduced from charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was given three years probation and assessed court costs of $150. She was ordered to pay $250 for a DNA sample and had her driver’s license suspended for six months.
• Angela Lesa Bennett, 40, to second-degree forgery. She was given three years probation and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400. She was ordered to pay $250 for a DNA sample and $100 restitution.
• William Noble, 46, to possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given three years probation and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400. He was ordered to pay $250 for a DNA sample and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
• Katie Culp, 22, to possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) without a prescription. She was given one year probation and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400.
Her driver’s license was suspended for six months and she was fi ned $50.
• Nickolas Rogers, 27, to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. A charge of cocaine possession was dropped during plea discussions.
He was given three years probation and assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400. His driver’s license was suspended for six months.
• Martha Barnes, 31, to theft by deception. She was ordered to pay $526 in restitution and given three years probation. She was assessed court costs and attorney’s fees totaling $400.
• Fredtavious Davis, 21, to possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of an instrument of crime. He was given three years probation and fi ned $200. He was assessed court costs of $150, attorney’s fees of $250 and ordered to sub mit to a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee. His driver’s li cense was suspended for six months.
• Brandon Hicks, 21, to ter rorist threatening in the fi rst degree and violation of a pro tection order. He was ordered to have no contact with his victim and given three years probation.
He was assessed court costs of $150, attorney’s fees of $250 and ordered to submit to a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.
• Manuel Monrreal, 21, to domestic assault, amended from third-degree domestic battery, second offense. He was given six months proba tion and assessed court costs of $150. He was assessed $250 in attorney’s fees and ordered to complete a program for batterers.

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