MARION, AR (KAIT) – A Marion man was convicted of aggravated assault on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Second Judicial Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Gerald Allen, 49, of Marion was charged with assaulting a fellow employee who was also a landscaper. Allen was sentenced to nine years in prison.
According to the release, Allen felt that he was owed money, went to the victim's home and attacked him with a crowbar and ax handle. Allen was in jail from 2000 to 2011 on arson charges out of Miller County.
"Circuit Judge Ralph Wilson, Jr of Osceola followed the jury's recommendation and ordered the maximum sentence of six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Wilson ordered an additional three years imprisonment after jurors found Allen to be a habitual criminal," the release stated.
Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington praised Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Coe and the Marion Police Department, along with the jurors.
Allen is currently awaiting transportation from the Crittenden County Jail to the Arkansas Department of Correction.