A local felon arrested earlier this year after firing a gun while intoxicated and then passing out in the street was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty in Garland County Circuit Court.
Bradford Lee Braxton, 59, who has remained in custody since his arrest on March 23, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by certain persons, punishable by up to six years in prison, and was sentenced to three years and ordered to pay $170 in court costs upon his release.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on March 23, shortly after 9 p.m., Hot Springs police Officer Jason Crump responded to the 200 block of Linden Street regarding a report of shots fired in the area.
He found a man, later identified as Braxton, lying in the street about 10 feet from a loaded .38-caliber revolver.
A resident of one of the nearby houses told Crump she heard a single shot and went outside to investigate and saw Braxton lying in the street and "could clearly see a pistol" next to him.
The witness said she tried to help Braxton to his feet, but he was unable to stand on his own due to his level of intoxication. He kept falling to the ground and eventually laid down in the spot where Crump found him upon his arrival.
The affidavit notes Braxton was convicted on March 10, 2005, of a felony count of possession of a controlled substance and was prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.