Nichols man tried in absentia sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug, gun charges

Nichols man tried in absentia sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug, gun charges

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A Nichols man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug and gun charges after being captured by the U.S. Marshals Task Force, according to a press release from 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.

James Lamont Arthur, 35, was convicted on Nov. 7 of third-offense trafficking cocaine base more than 10 grams, but less than 28 grams, possession of a schedule one to five drug – amphetamines or Adderall, unlawful possession of a pistol and unlawful carrying of a pistol, according to the press release. Arthur was tried in absentia after he failed to show up for court.

According to Senior Assistant Solicitor Mary-Ellen Walter, Arthur had previously failed to appear for trial in October, at which point a bench warrant was issued.

The Honorable Circuit Court Judge Steven H. John sentenced Arthur to 25 years in prison Monday.

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