Former city judge due in court for sentencing

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A former Pocahontas judge who was convicted on federal drug charges will appear for a sentencing hearing Friday in Little Rock. According to court documents, expert witnesses will testify against Bob Castleman, 63, of Pocahontas.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, expert witnesses will discuss a tree trunk, littered with gunshots, found on Castleman's property. The information will be presented after a codefendant in the drug case testified that Bob shot and killed Travis Perkins.

Perkins' body was found in an apartment near Pocahontas days before he was set to testify against Castleman. Perkins was also a codefendant in the drug case.

Castleman, who spent 27 months in federal prison for mailing a live copperhead snake to a man, was found guilty in 2013 by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, conspiracy to maintain a drug premises and conspiracy to possess equipment and ingredients to make meth.

Castleman does not face murder charges in Perkins' death.

Castleman's son, Robert, testified against his father as part of a plea deal. Robert, one of seven people charged with a drug crime, claimed his father killed Perkins.

Doyle G. Esmon, who is in the Arkansas Department of Correction, will testify Friday.

Rebecca Mullen, Firearm and Toolmark Examiner for the Arkansas State Crime Lab, will also testify.

A third person, Patrick Glass with the Arkansas Forestry Commission, will testify. Court documents stated that Glass examined portions of a tree trunk and "estimated that the bullet wound in tree trunk segment #1" was made between October, 2012 and April, 2013.

On the drug charge, Castleman faces anywhere from 27 to 33 months in prison.

Castleman lost his law license after his conviction for mailing the snake.

Castleman's case will be heard before U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

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