The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld Circuit Judge Berlin Jones' ruling that revoked the probation of a Pine Bluff man who was sentenced to prison in December.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld Circuit Judge Berlin Jonesí ruling that revoked the probation of a Pine Bluff man who was sentenced to prison in December.
DíAnthony Williams, 22, had originally pleaded guilty to theft by receiving and residential burglary in 2010, and was sentenced to three years probation on each charge, with the sentences to run concurrently (at the same time.)
In May 2011, Williams admitted violating conditions of his probation and that probation was reinstated for four years on each count, with the sentences to again run concurrently.
After prosecutors filed a second petition to revoke Williamsí probation in October, a hearing was held and Jones revoked Williamsí probation, sentencing him to seven years in prison on each charge, with the sentences to run consecutively (one after the other.)
That petition alleged that the address Williams gave his probation officer was a vacant house, that he failed to report for four months, was delinquent on paying fines and fees and had failed to perform community service hours. At the revocation hearing, Williamsí probation officer testified that he had completed only six of his 120 community service hours, that he had not reported to the probation office, and was not in compliance with his payments.
When he testified, Williams admitted that he had not reported for community service work since May 2011 and he offered no reason for his not reporting to the probation office, Appeals Court Judge David Glover said in the ruling.
In addition to upholding Jonesí ruling on revoking the probation, the Court of Appeals also approved a request from Williamsí attorney to withdraw from the case.
Williams is serving his sentence at the Ouachita Rivers Correctional Unit at Malvern and will be eligible to apply for parole on April 6, 2014.