- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BALD KNOB, Ark. (AP) - A former Bald Knob police chief is set to accept a plea deal in federal court regarding stolen property.

The Daily Citizen (http://bit.ly/1nbN2P1 ) reports that Erek Balentine was a suspect in a police investigation regarding the burning of his personal vehicle last September.

His attorney, Paul Younger, says Balentine is expected to plead guilty to being in possession of stolen property in a case that arose from the arson investigation.

“During the course of the investigation,” Younger said, “it was discovered that when Erek Balentine was the chief of police for Bald Knob, he used a department-owned firearm for his personal use and attempted to sell it. The firearm in question was donated to the city by a former officer to be auctioned off and the money used for charity.”

According to Younger, the investigation came to a close last month and the case was handed over to Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Givens.

“After (Givens) reviewed the case file and met with Erek Balentine and I, he decided not to pursue an indictment for arson as part of a negotiated plea deal,” Younger said.

Younger says he expects Balentine to receive a probation sentence as part of the plea agreement.

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Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.thedailycitizen.com/

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