A Dumas man was sentenced Thursday to 55 years in prison and fined $25,000 for battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Roy Lee Russell, 52, was charged with three counts of rape, three counts of kidnapping and three counts of aggravated assault as well as second-degree battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges stemmed from a March 2012 incident at Russell’s Dumas home where two women and a male companion went to retrieve one of the two women’s belongings, according to 10th Judicial District Deputy Prosecutor Crews Puryear.
Russell was accused of raping the two women – one twice – assaulting the two women and the man, battering one of the women, and kidnapping (retraining without consent) all three.
At the conclusion of the 2-day trial in Arkansas City, the Desha County jury acquitted Russell of the rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault charges, but found him guilty of battering of one of the two women and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Following the conviction, the jury deliberated about 20 minutes before returning with the maximum 55-year sentence and $25,000 fine.
Sentenced as a habitual offender, Russell received the maximum 40-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and maximum 15-year sentence for the battery.
Special Judge Ted Capheart, presiding in Circuit Judge Sam Pope’s absence, accepted the jury’s recommendation that the two sentences run consecutive.
Russell is a 4-time habitual offender, previously convicted of drug felonies.