September 29, 2003 - Posted at: 8:33 a.m. CDT
POCAHONTAS, Ark. -- Yeah, keep the jokes coming. The Randolph County Sheriff has heard them all.
How he shows up for work on a tricycle or needs a booster seat at state law enforcement meetings.
At 28 years old and five-feet-six inches, Sheriff Brent Earley is the state's youngest serving sheriff. But, while his diminutive stature and youthful appearance encourage ribbing from his colleagues, there are few sheriffs who take the job as seriously as he does.
One of the most high-profile murder cases in the state is in his territory. Only July 31, Earley announced the arrests of Billy Dale Green and his two sons, Charles Green and Jason Green, in the slayings of four members of a Dalton family in 1998.
While Earley credits the work of sheriffs before him, he was the one who received a vital piece of information that led to the arrests.
Randolph County prosecuting attorney Henry Boyce warns others not to be deceived by Earley's youthful looks, calling him effective beyond his years.
Earley was 26 when he won the Democratic Primary last year to make him the third-youngest person to become a sheriff. The youngest ever was Charles Childers, who was elected Lawrence County Sheriff in 1993 at the age of 21.