A Stone County man, after spending almost two and a half years in jail awaiting trial in three separate cases, has entered a negotiated plea of guilty.
Blake Patrick Jeffries McClanahan, 30, was charged with 28 counts of breaking the law, most of them felonies, in those three incidents.
One incident in February of 2017 involved McClanahan going into a former girlfriend’s residence armed with a knife and gun, beating and kidnapping her, taking her on a joyride around Stone County, stopping a couple of times on the way, and then releasing her back at her residence.
Before the kidnapping incident, he was arrested and charged was in March of 2015 after driving a stolen vehicle and leading police on a high-speed chase in and around Mountain View. Arkansas State Police finally had the chance to use “spike strips” at the bridge near Calico Rock to puncture the vehicle’s tires and bring it to a stop.
The third incident occurred three months later in June of 2015 and involved his participation in the beating of another prisoner while he was in the Stone County Jail.
His list of charges in all three incidents were: kidnapping; residential burglary; aggravated assault; first-degree terroristic threatening; felony theft of property; three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor; two counts of rape; theft of property with a value of more than $5,000, but less than $25,000; breaking or entering; two counts of fleeing in a vehicle; refusal to submit to arrest; driving while intoxicated on drugs; refusal to submit to a chemical test; reckless driving; second-degree battery; and impairing the operation of a vital public facility.
That latter charge, along with the two counts of rape, and the second-degree battery charge were nolle prossed in the negotiated plea.
McClanahan was sentenced to 32 years in state prison and fined $2,500 plus $820 court costs.
He was given credit for serving 861 days in jail as his cases were processed through circuit court.
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