A Booneville man who less than two weeks ago attempted to fire his attorney in court accepted a plea agreement in which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison through that same attorney last Wednesday.
Through an agreement worked out by defense attorney Ernie Witt and 15th Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brian Mueller, Ronald Dee Smith, 50, plead guilty to single counts of theft of property in four cases.
Other charges in each of those cases, nor charges in five other cases, will be pursued by the state in accordance with the plea agreement.
For three of the cases Smith was sentenced to 10 years in prison, all to run concurrently. In the fourth case he was sentenced to an additional 10 year suspended sentence to run consecutively with the first three cases.
On July 19, Witt informed 15th Judicial District Judge Jerry Don Ramey he had been fired by Smith and Smith told the judge he had new representation, but mispronounced the attorney’s name. When Smith could produce no documentation to confirm his claim of changing attorneys, Witt agreed to stay on the case.
Ramey also told Smith changing attorneys would not buy him more time due to the ages of some of the cases.
On Wednesday Smith said he was satisfied with the services of Witt.
Witt told Ramey Wednesday he and Smith had talked after court on July 19 and that he was satisfied that Smith was satisfied with his services.
In each of the cases to which he plead guilty Smith told Ramey “I broke into a house and took items.”
Smith was credited with 90 days of jail credit.
A co-defendant with Smith in multiple cases, Steven Scott Long, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with four years suspended for pleading guilty to residential burglary and theft of property in a single case in May.