ASC overturns 25-year sentence on basis of conflicting laws

The Arkansas Supreme Court recognized dual and conflicting laws concerning sentencing for habitual offenders and while urging for a review of the two laws, in a 6-1 decision overturned a man’s 25-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a handgun.

According to Arkansas News, Chariell Ali Glaze, who was convicted in July 2010 in Faulkner County, was subject to between 20 to 30 years in prison per one law, and five to 40 per another.

The court ruled under the contingencies of the most recent law, making Glaze subject to the five- to 40-year sentence.

Within the majority opinion, Justice Paul Danielson wrote, “The statutes at issue in this case cannot be reconciled,” adding that he believes its time for the state to take a closer look at its criminal code.

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