Constable James Weldon King.

Constable James Weldon King.

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United States

#1 Feb 1, 2013
Good story in today's Arkansas Democrat news paper. Federal Agents arrested him.
guest

United States

#2 Feb 1, 2013
Long time coming.
Imposter

Little Rock, AR

#3 Feb 1, 2013
One of the biggest pieces of shit if Phillips County.
THE KING

West Helena, AR

#4 Feb 1, 2013
I am not locked up you lying coward!!
Guest

United States

#5 Feb 1, 2013
Well it sure is a nice pic of you in the Democrat and on the Pulaski Co. jail inmate list online. Lol
so on and so forth

New York, NY

#6 Feb 1, 2013
the poster didn't say you were locked up. said you were arrested. the article a lie too?
Ikr

United States

#7 Feb 1, 2013
How does a convicted felon get to be a member of law enforcement and carry a gun?
Guest

United States

#8 Feb 1, 2013
You can do anything and get away with it in Phillips Co.
RELIEVED

Conway, AR

#9 Feb 1, 2013
CLOSE personal knowledge of this event. He is most assuredly locked up. Where he should remain until he meets his Maker.
Boo Hoo

West Helena, AR

#10 Feb 1, 2013
It's about time!!! He is nothing but a con artist and arsonist!! Not to mention he is a delusional schizo!!!
THE KING

West Helena, AR

#11 Feb 1, 2013
I am out now you didn't think they would keep me long did you LOLOLLOL
mad

Conway, AR

#12 Feb 1, 2013
This man has been a menace to society for decades. It is a shame that he has managed to slither around in society this long without being held accountable. I foresee him not doing well in the Big House.
lol

West Helena, AR

#13 Feb 1, 2013
THE KING became somebody's QUEEN
THE KING

West Helena, AR

#14 Feb 1, 2013
I guess they let me have a computer in the cell! LOLLOLOL
Guest

United States

#15 Feb 1, 2013
Every dog has his day. Have fun THE KING. Lmao
Reliable Source

Farmington, AR

#16 Feb 1, 2013
Constable held in gun inquiry
Agents say he’s a felon who possessed fully automatic firearms
By Chad Day
This article was published today at 12:53 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK — A Phillips County constable was ordered detained Thursday after federal authorities say they discovered that he was a felon who had stashed more than 30 firearms in his home, including fully automatic AK-47-style rifles.
James Weldon King, 50, of Helena-West Helena was elected constable of St. Francis Township in November, but according to court papers, he was convicted of at least one felony in Mississippi in the late 1980s and has never served a five-year prison sentence ordered in that case.
Under Arkansas law, felons are barred from holding public office. They are also barred by state and federal law from possessing firearms.
Yet after King won the May 2012 primary election, federal authorities say, he began openly carrying a gun and wearing a constable uniform, badge and utility belt.
He also began driving a car marked with a constable decal and has been seen taking his child to school while “attired as a constable,” according to federal agents.
King didn’t officially take office as constable until January.
During a brief hearing at the federal courthouse in Little Rock, King stood shackled at the ankles and dressed in black as U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe Volpe ordered him detained on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. King was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to await a bail hearing.
King’s hearing came a day after agents with the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested him and searched his home.
According to court papers, when King greeted the federal agents at his door, he was in his pajamas and had a .25-caliber pistol strapped to his ankle. The gun was taken from King, but several more were found nearby.
“Agents also found more than 30 firearms inside King’s home, including a loaded pistol just inside the door, two loaded AK-47 assault rifles, handguns and long guns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition,” FBI Special Agent Carrie Land wrote in the criminal complaint that supported King’s arrest.
The agents also found a locked storage room at the back of the house where they “discovered three large plastic sealable packing tubes made for a large type of military ordnance, covered with dirt as though they had been buried,” Land wrote.
Inside the tubes were 10 more AK-47-style rifles.
A “sampling of those rifles field-tested as fully automatic,” she wrote.
As of Thursday, King had not been formally indicted by a grand jury and had not been charged with any crimes related to possessing fully automatic firearms, which are tightly regulated under federal law.
King is not listed by name on the most recent listing of federally licensed firearms dealers maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
King also is not a certified law enforcement officer, and the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training has no record of him attending any law enforcement courses. The commission is tasked with certifying new constables so they can use the state’s crime databases.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said he couldn’t say whether King has ever been issued a concealed handgun license while a felon because state law allows only the release of the name and ZIP code of license holders. There are eight licensees named “James King” on that list but none live in Helena-West Helena. No one named Weldon King is on the list.
Sadler said that if King had applied for a concealed handgun license, he would have gone through a background check process that included a check of the Arkansas Crime Information Center’s database.
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Farmington, AR

#17 Feb 1, 2013
The background check is designed to stop felons from being issued concealed handgun licenses.
Federal authorities noted in court papers that the crime-information database contained King’s felony conviction that should have barred him from buying guns if a seller conducted a background check.
There is no background check process for people who run for public office.
In Arkansas, candidates are required to sign a pledge indicating that they haven’t been convicted of a felony when they file to seek an office. In King’s case, he signed the pledge and filed it with the Phillips County clerk’s office in February 2012.
Alex Reed, spokesman for the Arkansas secretary of state’s office, said the discovery alone that King is a felon doesn’t automatically remove him from office. Someone must file a court case to seek King’s removal, he said.
“If it comes out that they do have a felony, we as county clerks or the secretary of state’s office, we don’t have the power to remove someone from office. We’re filing agencies. We’re not investigative agencies. It would take judicial action,” he said.
King’s election to the constable position was one of the reasons federal authorities began investigating him, according to court papers.
After receiving allegations that King was a felon and shouldn’t be allowed to be a constable, federal investigators found that he had been convicted of felonies in Arkansas and Mississippi. Agents also found that the cases, both from the 1980s, intertwined.
In 1985, he was convicted of theft by receiving in Phillips County and sentenced to five years of probation. In 1987, he pleaded guilty in Jackson County, Miss., to two counts of grand larceny, according to the criminal complaint.
In the Mississippi case, a judge sentenced King to serve five years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.But before starting the sentence, the judge ordered King to be transported to Arkansas first for a hearing concerning the revocation of his probation in Phillips County. The sentence in the revocation was supposed to run concurrent with the five-year sentence.
However, King was released on his own recognizance, and federal investigators found no evidence that he ever appeared for a revocation hearing in that case.
“Accordingly, King’s Mississippi sentence has not been executed,” Land wrote in the complaint.
King’s right to possess firearms also hasn’t been restored. And despite a judge signing an order in 1997 expunging and sealing his Phillips County conviction, federal investigators couldn’t determine if that order was carried out.
“While it is unclear at this time whether King’s Arkansas record was properly sealed ... King is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law based on the Mississippi felony conviction alone,” Land wrote.
Arkansas, Pages 11 on 02/01/2013
Print Headline: Constable held in gun inquiry
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Farmington, AR

#18 Feb 1, 2013
The background check is designed to stop felons from being issued concealed handgun licenses.
Federal authorities noted in court papers that the crime-information database contained King’s felony conviction that should have barred him from buying guns if a seller conducted a background check.
There is no background check process for people who run for public office.
In Arkansas, candidates are required to sign a pledge indicating that they haven’t been convicted of a felony when they file to seek an office. In King’s case, he signed the pledge and filed it with the Phillips County clerk’s office in February 2012.
Alex Reed, spokesman for the Arkansas secretary of state’s office, said the discovery alone that King is a felon doesn’t automatically remove him from office. Someone must file a court case to seek King’s removal, he said.
“If it comes out that they do have a felony, we as county clerks or the secretary of state’s office, we don’t have the power to remove someone from office. We’re filing agencies. We’re not investigative agencies. It would take judicial action,” he said.
King’s election to the constable position was one of the reasons federal authorities began investigating him, according to court papers.
After receiving allegations that King was a felon and shouldn’t be allowed to be a constable, federal investigators found that he had been convicted of felonies in Arkansas and Mississippi. Agents also found that the cases, both from the 1980s, intertwined.
In 1985, he was convicted of theft by receiving in Phillips County and sentenced to five years of probation. In 1987, he pleaded guilty in Jackson County, Miss., to two counts of grand larceny, according to the criminal complaint.
In the Mississippi case, a judge sentenced King to serve five years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.But before starting the sentence, the judge ordered King to be transported to Arkansas first for a hearing concerning the revocation of his probation in Phillips County. The sentence in the revocation was supposed to run concurrent with the five-year sentence.
However, King was released on his own recognizance, and federal investigators found no evidence that he ever appeared for a revocation hearing in that case.
“Accordingly, King’s Mississippi sentence has not been executed,” Land wrote in the complaint.
King’s right to possess firearms also hasn’t been restored. And despite a judge signing an order in 1997 expunging and sealing his Phillips County conviction, federal investigators couldn’t determine if that order was carried out.
“While it is unclear at this time whether King’s Arkansas record was properly sealed ... King is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law based on the Mississippi felony conviction alone,” Land wrote.
Arkansas, Pages 11 on 02/01/2013
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Farmington, AR

#19 Feb 1, 2013
THE KING wrote:
I am out now you didn't think they would keep me long did you LOLOLLOL
Anyone openly claiming to be this piece of shit clearly has a mental deficiency.
Guest

United States

#20 Feb 1, 2013
Hell he's that B_RAD nuts friend. What do ya think about your THE KING hero now?

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