A Clark County jury convicted an Arkadelphia man, 23-year-old Andrew Robinson, of impairing the operation of a vital public facility and first degree criminal mischief for destroying property valued at less than $500, sentencing him to the maximum imprisonment and fines for each offense.

A Clark County jury convicted an Arkadelphia man, 23-year-old Andrew Robinson, of impairing the operation of a vital public facility and first degree criminal mischief for destroying property valued at less than $500, sentencing him to the maximum imprisonment and fines for each offense.
Robinson, who was being held for charges of attempted murder and other felony offenses stemming from a 2008 shooting which occurred at Arkadelphia Country Club, was alleged to have destroyed video surveillance equipment during his stay in the county jail.
Prosecutors Blake Batson and Dan Turner presented evidence from Arkadelphia police officer Marcus Jones and Sheriff David Turner as to the offenses, and offered video evidence of the crime to jurors. Following the  guilty verdicts, prosecutors offered evidence that Robinson was a habitual offender having been convicted of three previous felonies, including a prior conviction for impairing the operation of a vital public facility. The took the jury less than 15 minutes to return the maximum sentences, as well as maximum fines, for both charges.
Robinson was sentenced by Circuit Judge Robert McCallum following the trial to 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 for impairing the operation of the jail. He was further sentenced to one year in the county jail and a $1,000 fine for the criminal mischief offense.
After the verdict, Batson said, “This conviction and sentence sends a clear message that the people of Clark County will not tolerate this type of behavior, even if it’s in our jail.”
In addition to the attempted murder offense, which is scheduled for trial later this year, Robinson is also being held pending trial of additional charges of impairing the operation of a vital public facility.