A Craighead County man will spend the next two years in prison after having his probation revoked.
Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Tim Weaver sentenced Marc Lewis Sayle, 34, of Jonesboro to 24 months in a regional punishment facility July 10 at the Fulton County Courthouse.
Sayle had been on probation after being convicted on drug charges in 2003. Weaver placed him on three years of supervised probation. In July 2005, his probation was extended one more year, expiring Jan. 22, 2007.
The court cited five reasons for revoking Sayle's parole. The first is he failed to pay the fines and costs as ordered by the court. Sayle also failed to report to his probation officer, Gary Clayton, and failed to pay probation fees as ordered by the court. The court also took into account that Izard County authorities arrested Sayle on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrument of crime, both misdemeanors, on April 4.
After being ordered to attend an inpatient drug treatment program on May 30 and entering the long term program June 1, he was discharged June 10 for inappropriate behavior.
Sayle's sentence stems from a March 21, 2001, incident at a Fulton County residence. The Sharp County Sheriff's Department and Arkansas State Police asked 16th Judicial Drug Task Force investigators to execute a search warrant for stolen property at the residence.
When the investigators arrived at the residence Sayle was outside. Investigators found a small plastic package containing one-quarter gram of methamphetamine floating in the toilet in the bathroom of the house, according to authorities.
Officers were about to let Sayle leave the location but asked to search his vehicle before he left. Sayle gave verbal consent. Officers found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in Sayle's vehicle along with hypodermic syringe. The residents of the property were later arrested on drug related charges.
Sayle entered a plea of guilty Jan. 22, 2003, in Fulton County Circuit Court to possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class C felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class C felony.