Man gets eight-year sen­tence in rob­bery

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - TRACY M. NEAL Tracy M. Neal can be reached by email at tneal@nwaon­ or Twit­ter @NWATracy.

BEN­TONVILLE — A Garfield man was sen­tenced to eight years in prison Mon­day af­ter he pleaded guilty to a rob­bery at Ven­tris Trail’s End Re­sort two years ago.

Clay­ton Cal­houn, 33, pleaded guilty to rob­bery and sec­ond-de­gree bat­tery. The plea was part of an agree­ment at­tor­ney Drew Miller reached with

Sam Martin, deputy pros­e­cu­tor.

Cal­houn and Crys­tal Bandy, 32, of Fort Smith were ar­rested June 23, 2015, in con­nec­tion with the rob­bery.

Bandy, rep­re­sented by Ben­tonville lawyer Shane Wilkin­son, also faced felony charges, but pros­e­cu­tors dis­missed the charges.

Cal­houn and Bandy were leav­ing the lodge at Ven­tris Trail, 9484 Sim­rell Drive in Garfield, when deputies ar­rived about 2 a.m., ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port. Cal­houn had a bot­tle of vodka in his hand and Bandy had an as­sort­ment of items in her bag be­long­ing to Jody Sim­rell, the re­sort’s man­ager.

A 911 call in­di­cated Sim­rell had been beaten and ab­ducted, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Sim­rell told deputies he re­mem­bered Cal­houn hit­ting him and some­one show­er­ing him, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Robin Green ac­cepted the plea agree­ment and Cal­houn’s guilty plea.

Cal­houn must abide by a sus­pended sen­tence agree­ment for seven years af­ter his re­lease from prison and pay $1,170 in court costs.


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