A 32-year-old man from Deer, Arkansas, whom authorities called “a one-man crime wave,” recently pleaded guilty to theft, criminal mischief and fleeing charges and was sentenced to prison.

Carl Richardson

Boone County Deputy Prosecutor Wes Bradford said Carl Richardson faced numerous counts of theft from events in August and November 2009, but he pleaded guilty as charged and was sentenced to 36 years in prison.

In one particular case there were 36 counts against Carl Richardson, many of which stemmed from reports of stolen motorcycles in Harrison and Boone County, stolen vehicles in Newton and Boone counties, vehicle thefts in Carroll County, musical instruments stolen from at least two churches and several pursuits in Boone and Carroll counties.

The cases to which Carl Richardson pleaded guilty didn’t include a number of charges in Carroll County, which is in a different judicial circuit than Boone and Newton counties.

Deputy Prosecutor Wes Bradford explained that some of the charges were Class B felonies, some Class C and some Class D, as well as some misdemeanor counts.

On all the Class B felonies, Carl Richardson was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was sentenced to 10 years each on the Class C felonies and six years on each Class D felony.

Although all the charges in each classification run concurrently with each other, the different classification sentences run consecutively. As such, he was sentenced to a total of 36 years in prison.

Deputy Prosecutor Wes Bradford said that because of the sheer number of charges against him, the state wanted Richardson to serve substantial prison time. However, the one case alone involves nearly $15,000 in restitution to victims, and Deputy Prosecutor Wes Bradford hoped Richardson would get out of prison to pay back some of those victims.

Technically, Deputy Prosecutor Wes Bradford said, Carl Richardson could be eligible for parole after serving one-sixth of the entire sentence, if given credit for all good time served.

However, Carl Richardson was also sentenced as a habitual offender. Deputy Prosecutor Wes Bradford said it’s not unusual for a defendant sentenced as a habitual offender to not earn good time, so he might not be eligible for parole until he’s served a third of the sentence.


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