ACT 946 PUTS DANIELS IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE
Marion, Arkansas. Thomas A. Young—deputy prosecuting attorney—prosecuted 30-year-old Orlando L. Daniels for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. After a two-day trial, a Crittenden County jury Wednesday found Daniels—a felon—guilty of one count of possessing a firearm. Special Circuit Judge Ralph Wilson, Jr. followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Daniels to seven years’ imprisonment. And under the new Act 946, Daniels will serve every day of this sentence.
On 24 August 2021, Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department and the Marion City Police arrested Daniels. Daniels had been convicted of multiple felonies, including residential burglary and third-degree domestic battery. And at the time of Daniels’s arrest, law enforcement found him in possession of a firearm.
Young thanked the jury for their service and the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department and the Marion Police Department for their investigation. Prosecuting Attorney Keith L. Chrestman praised Young and highlighted Act 946’s importance: “Young has made Crittenden County’s streets safer. He used the new Act 946 and won. This new law—which the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is using to the fullest—deprives many felons of the possibility of parole when they’re caught with and convicted of possessing a firearm. The message is crystal clear—juries in the Second Judicial District won’t tolerate felons possessing firearms.”