Newport Alderman's Federal Sentencing Formally Set for February 28

NOVEMBER 21, 2006 - Posted at 11:19 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Newport alderman Pinkey McFarlin is to be sentenced February 28 for conspiring to sell crack cocaine.

The 56-year-old McFarlin pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distrbute 3.6 ounces of crack cocaine.  The plea brought to an end a trial that had gone on for two weeks.  McFarlin had been charged with 25 counts of drug trafficking and a charge of witness tampering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Harris says he expects McFarlin to be sentenced to five years in prison because 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 in the November 7 election and is serving out the remainder of his term.  He is to remain free until his sentencing.

McFarlin's wife Tammie also faced three charges, which were later dismissed.

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