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Allen sentenced to 2 years

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Michael Ray Allen Jr., 37, of Salem will be spending two years in prison after being sentenced on felony charges April 18 in Fulton County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Tim Weaver sentenced Allen to six years, four suspended, after Allen pleaded guilty to manufacture of marijuana, a class B felony; felon in possession of a firearm, a class D felony; and possession of Xanax without a prescription, a class C felony. He will also have to pay a fine of $2,500.

The charges stem from an incident at 455 Coyote Road in Salem on May 24, 2005.

Officers with the Drug Task Force, Fulton County Sheriff's Department and Arkansas State Police executed a search warrant at the residence. As they approached the door and announced their presence, Allen came through the door and approached the officers.

Officers instructed Allen to get on the ground several times but he kept approaching them. Allen was forced to the ground on the front porch.

Authorities said a loaded, single-barrel, sawed-off shotgun was on the porch and Allen had an extra shotgun shell in his pocket.

Officers found a baggie containing green vegetable material in one of his pants pockets along with a film canister containing partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, Valium and Xanax.

During a search of the residence's perimeter officers discovered five growing marijuana plants.

Allen is a convicted felon in both Arkansas and Texas and had been convicted of aggravated assault in Fulton County in 2003 for a violent crime in which a similar weapon was used.

Allen was charged with six felonies, but three of those were dropped.

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