A Fort Smith woman was sentenced to probation and a fine after killing a man in a home invasion with a firearm she wasn't supposed to have.
Krissy Lenae Noble of Fort Smith has received six years of supervised probation and a $2,500 fine for the firearm possession offense recently handed down after killing a man who invaded her home. The homicide was deemed justified.
Noble, 21, entered a not-guilty plea Sept. 19 through her attorney Andrew A. Flake of Chronister, Fields & Flake in Fort Smith. Sebastian County Circuit Judge James O. Cox granted the six-year probation period and fine. She had faced up to six years in prison.
Noble, who had used the last name Tran in December when the shooting occurred, had been on a six-year probation sentence for a February 2017 marijuana charge when Dylan Stancoff reportedly broke into her apartment on X Street. She shot him with her husband’s .40-caliber pistol. Noble was in her first trimester of pregnancy at the time.
Although the shooting death was deemed justified by the Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney, Noble was charged in late August with being a felon in possession of a firearm for the shooting death of Stancoff. The prosecutor’s office waited until she had delivered her child to file the firearms charge.
The Sebastian County District Court had previously set an Oct. 25 hearing to determine whether Noble violated terms of her suspended sentence from the February marijuana charge. Noble’s previous defense attorney, Tyler Benson of Taylor Law Partners in Fayetteville, told the Times Record earlier this month the 2017 felony marijuana charge stemmed from 1 ounce of the substance being found in two separate bags in a vehicle with several other people. Despite Arkansas law that possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana is not a felony, prosecutors had applied Class D felony charges for possession with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Flake became Noble’s attorney last week.
As previously reported, Stancoff had visited Noble’s apartment on X Street and asked if her husband was home while identifying himself as Cameron White. After confirming with her husband by phone that he did not know a man by that name, Noble brought her husband’s .40-caliber handgun from the apartment bedroom and placed it on the TV stand in the living room. Stancoff again came to the door, entered the apartment and attacked her, according to police. She shot him during a struggle.