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Toy gun nets 40-year sentence

Prosecuting attorney Chuck Graham said Tuesday that a guilty plea entered by a second defendant has completed actions against two persons charged in the March armed robbery of two high school students at Lonoke. Circuit Judge Barbara Elmore levied the sentences.

Joseph Eugene Adkins, 33, of Bolt, W.Va., pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), with 10 suspended leaving 30 to serve. Graham said that because of the offense, Adkins must serve 70 percent of the 30 years before he is eligible for parole. “We are pleased because we felt that is what [Adkins] deserved,” he said.

Tiffany Donette Flynn, 36, of Fort Smith, entered a plea agreement in August and sentenced to 40 years in ADC with 20 suspended; she was also levied court costs and other fees.

Elmore also entered an order of no-contact with the minor victims.

According to the arrest affidavit, at about 8:20 p.m., March 3, Lonoke police were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot on a report of a male pointing a gun at two females in the parking lot. It was also reported that the male had departed in a red vehicle.

According to the reports of the minor victims, the man had approached them, asked to use a phone and then asked for a ride toward Fort Smith before pointing a handgun at their heads, ordering them to give him their phones, keys, purses, and money.

The estimated value of the stolen items was more than $1,000.

The man then told them he would drop the keys nearby, that he would kill them if they screamed, and then departed in a red car.

Officers canvassing the area spoke with a person who told of a white male in a red car attempting to sell a laptop computer but was told to leave the premises.

By this time Carlisle police officers reported being in pursuing and stopping a red vehicle driven by male fitting the description of the suspect.

The driver was identified as Adkins, a female passenger was identified as Flynn.

Flynn told officers of Adkins taking items from females at the Walmart parking lot, and where the items had been discarded.

In a recorded interview, Flynn told of she and Adkins traveling to West Virginia, and of other thefts committed by Adkins while en route.

Flynn said Adkins had used a broken, plastic pellet gun that looked like a handgun.

Adkins was originally charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, terroristic threatening, theft of property, fleeing in a vehicle causing danger, all felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Flynn was originally charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, and theft of property.

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