- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

BENTON, Ark. (AP) - A former Saline County circuit judge has been sentenced to four years of probation after pleading no contest to an accusation that he failed to file a tax return.

Court records show that 53-year-old Bobby McCallister must pay a $1,500 fine and file state tax returns for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 within the next four months.

McCallister initially had been accused of four counts of failing to file a tax return. His trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, but be pleaded no contest to one count instead. He faced up to six years in prison on each count.

The judge was in a second term but last month agreed to step down from the bench. Records show he had earned $160,000 annually.

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