Federal judge sentences felon who assaulted family, policeman


A man who was arrested after fighting with police responding to a domestic disturbance call in February 2014 was sentenced to federal prison time Wednesday by a federal judge in Texarkana.

Bobby Joe Hampton, 29, appeared before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey with Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson for sentencing on a jury conviction of felon in possession of a firearm. Hampton was found guilty of the offense in July 2015 after a trial in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas.

At the time of his federal trial, Hampton was already serving an 11-year state prison sentence for battery of a peace officer and aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty to those charges Dec. 1, 2014, in Miller County. The state and federal charges all stemmed from the same incident.

Hampton was arrested Feb. 3, 2014, by Texarkana, Ark., police. Hampton was dragging his wife out of a house on Pecan Street in Texarkana, Ark., by her hair when officers arrived, according to a probable cause affidavit. The victim’s mother told officers Hampton had a gun and that he had pointed it in her face.

Hampton fought with Texarkana, Ark., Police Officer Rick Cockrell, striking him in the face during the struggle. Cockrell pulled Hampton’s jacket off of him and threw it out of reach after noticing a hand gun in Hampton’s pocket.

Hickey sentenced Hampton to the same amount of time he has left on his state sentence, 87 months and nine days, and ordered the federal term to run concurrently with the state sentence he is already serving. Hampton will continue to serve his sentence in the Arkansas Department of Correction and will only be transferred to a federal prison if he is granted parole on the state charges.

Upon completion of his federal sentence, Hampton will be supervised by federal officials for three years. If he commits another crime or violates the conditions of his supervised release he could be ordered to serve more time in federal prison.

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