FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2014
Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington,
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
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JURY CONVICTS MARION MAN OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
MARION, Ark. – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas, announces that a Marion man convicted of aggravated assault Wednesday by a jury will spend the next nine years in prison.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Coe of West Memphis tried the case against Gerald Allen, 49, of Marion. A Crittenden County jury convicted Allen of one (1) count of aggravated assault, a class D felony. Circuit Judge Ralph Wilson, Jr of Osceola followed the jury’s recommendation and ordered the maximum sentence of six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Wilson ordered an additional three years imprisonment after jurors found Allen to be a habitual criminal.
“Mr. Allen is headed back to prison, where he belongs,” Ellington said. “The defendant has 10 prior felony convictions and was imprisoned from 2000 to 2011 following charges of arson and residential burglary in Miller County.”
The defendant and victim worked together as landscapers. Following a dispute over money that Allen felt was owed to him, he went to the victim’s home and attacked him with a crowbar and ax handle, the prosecutor said.
Ellington offered praise to Coe and the Marion Police Department for aggressive work prosecuting the case. He also expressed gratitude to the jurors for their decision.
The defendant was remanded to the custody of Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen to await transport to the Arkansas Department of Correction, Ellington said.