Morrow sentenced to10 years in ADC

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

After nearly eight years following the act of sexual assault on a child, Richard Morrow, 26, of Forrest City, was sentenced to 120 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections before Judge Harold Erwin Jan. 29 in Sharp County.

The charge of sexual assault in the second degree, a class B felony, was the result of a plea deal made by Morrow and his charge was downgraded from rape, a Class Y Felony.

The charge stemmed from an incident in 2012, when Morrow assaulted a juvenile male.

At that time, Janette Cooper with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children unit and Cherokee Village Officer Monte Lane interviewed Morrow. After reading him his rights, Morrow admitted to assaulting the child and his story matched the statement the victim had given.

According to documents filed at the Sharp County Clerk’s Office Sept. 6, 2019, an alias bench warrant was issued for Morrow for violation of suspension or probation.

According to the petition, on Oct. 15, 2012, Morrow received a 120 month probated sentence on one count of sexual assault in the second degree. At the time, the court ordered supervised probation and a suspended sentence.

On or about Aug. 24, 2018, Morrow was arrested in Cross County on the charges of rape and sexual solicitation in Cross County.

In October of that year, he was also arrested for aggravated robbery in Cross County.

In addition to his recent sentencing, Morrow racked up two additional felony charges of impairing the operation of a vital public facility, a class C felony and battery in the second degree, a class D felony.

The more recent charges stemmed from an incident on Dec. 7, 2019, when Deputy James Kazzee was dispatched to the Sharp County Jail in regards to an inmate being assaulted.

When he arrived, he was led into the booking room where inmate Ethan Gann was filling out a voluntary statement. Viewing Gann, it was noted he had several injuries to his face and required medical attention.

Gann was treated for a medial wall orbital fracture and nasal bone fracture. The doctor also recommended Gann see an optometrist due to air being trapped behind his left eye which was causing double vision.

Gann was released and transported back to the Sharp County Jail.

In his statement, Gann shared the names of approximately four inmates who had taken part in the attack.

As part of his sentence for 120 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Morrow did receive 449 days of jail credit time. He received fines and court costs of just under $3,500 and will be placed on the sex offender registry.

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