- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Bald Knob police chief admitted in federal court that he possessed a stolen firearm, and he also agreed to make restitution after a suspicious fire involving his personal truck last year.

Prosecutors say Eric Balentine appeared in court Monday to accept a plea bargain. The Daily Citizen newspaper of Searcy (https://bit.ly/1TIsWu7 ) reported defense lawyer Paul Younger has said Balentine expects to receive probation.

Investigators initially examined a fire involving Balentine’s truck last September. They said that while Balentine was still Bald Knob police chief last year, he tried to sell a shotgun that was donated to his department for an auction.

Prosecutors told federal judge Brian Miller they wouldn’t pursue an arson and mail fraud case against Balentine if he reimbursed his insurance company $12,968.71.


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

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