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Evans guilty of attempted murder

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A little more than a year after his arrest, the man who shot a Jonesboro attorney in the face and injured a Wirth woman in another shooting has been sentenced in Craighead County.

A 12-person jury found Allen C. Evans, 61, guilty of attempted capital murder April 6 in the Western District of the Craighead County District Court in Jonesboro.

The jury sentenced Evans to 45 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Thirty of those years are for the attempted murder and 15 are for firearm enhancement. He wass also ordered to pay $15,000 in fines.

Evans was convicted for an incident that occurred Dec. 27, 2005, in Jonesboro. Attorney and former Craighead County Municipal Judge Bill Webster was outside his office on Franklin Street in Jonesboro when Evans shot him in the face and abdomen with a rifle at close range. Webster survived the attack.

Evans had been in Wirth the previous day where he fired two shotgun blasts toward the home of Sherman Oakes, 55, of Wirth. A pellet hit Carol Howell, 62, of Coffeyville, Miss., who was not seriously hurt.

Evans said he had given Webster money to help him keep his house in Hardy and assist in his divorce, but Webster didn't do anything. Evans told authorities that Oakes and Webster "got what they deserved," according to authorities.

Deputies in Hernando County, Fla., arrested Evans Dec. 29, 2005, a day after a female friend in Florida reported him to authorities as missing.

Evans was living with his girlfriend in Florida at the time, even though he retained a Hardy address, Sharp County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigator David Huffmaster said.

Florida officers said they recovered a Marlin .22-caliber rifle when they found Evans.

Evans will go to trial in Sharp County on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of battery stemming from the incident at the Oakes' residence, Huffmaster said. He said there is no definite date yet.

Evans is a Vietnam veteran who received three Purple Hearts.

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