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A felon on parole from a previous drug conviction was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after pleading guilty in Garland County Circuit Court to a drug possession charge from 2019.

Keith Dwayne Williams, 57, of Hot Springs, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance, meth, and in addition to prison time was fined $500 and ordered to pay $315 upon his release. He was previously convicted of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 22, 2018, and sentenced to four years in prison.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on Sept. 3, 2019, Hot Springs police Cpl. Eric Roberson was dispatched to the intersection of Winona Street and Central Avenue regarding a disturbance call of a white female walking down the street carrying a knife accompanied by a white male.

Roberson and other officers arrived on scene and made contact with the woman and the man, identified as Williams. A computer check showed Williams had a warrant for a parole violation so he was arrested.

At the detention center, jailers found two baggies in his pants pocket containing 1.5 grams of what later tested positive for meth. Williams was held on a $2,500 bond and pleaded not guilty on Nov. 18, 2019. He was set for trial on April 20, 2020, but the case was continued due to COVID-19. Williams was released on $2,500 bond on June 21 and set for trial again on Sept. 15, but failed to appear for a pretrial hearing the day before.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody on Dec. 5 at which time he was charged with additional counts of possession of meth and obstructing government operations. A felony review hearing on the new charges is set for Tuesday in Garland County District Court to determine if they will be bound over to circuit court.

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