Convicted Newport Alderman to be Sentenced in February

NOVEMBER 21, 2006 - Posted at 7:49 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Federal court sentencing for the outgoing Newport alderman who pleaded guilty yesterday to a single count conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine is tentatively set for February.

Pinkey McFarlin, 56, had been charged with 25 counts of drug trafficking and a charge of witness tampering following a January 2005 indictment by a federal grand jury.

Pat Harris, an assistant U.S. attorney, said McFarlin will probably be sentenced in February.  Harris said McFarlin is expected to receive a five-year sentence because of the amount of crack cocaine he had in his possession.  The alderman also faces a possible fine of up to $250,000.

McFarlin was defeated earlier this month in his bid for re-election as a member of the Newport City Council.  His term will end on December 31.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)