Thursday, July 23, 1998
Conway trip costs Harmon 3 more years in prison
A federal judge described former Prosecuting Attorney Dan
Harmon as "a thorn in our side for some years" before
ordering Harmon to serve more than three years behind bars
in addition to the eight-year term he is already serving.
U.S. District Judge Henry Woods took less than five
minutes Wednesday to sentence Harmon to 37 months in
prison, the maximum allowed under federal sentencing
guidelines, for convictions related to an October episode
in Conway. The latest prison sentence will be served after
Harmon completes a 97-month term levied by another judge
for unrelated charges.
Woods explained that he made the sentences consecutive
because Harmon committed the offense while on bond in the
earlier criminal case. When released from prison, Harmon
will have to spend three years on supervised release, which
includes drug testing and counseling.
In April, a jury convicted Harmon of possession with
intent to distribute methamphetamine, attempting to
distribute methamphetamine and two counts of using a
telephone to commit a drug offense. The charges all stemmed
from an Oct. 4 trip Harmon made to his girlfriend's Conway
apartment complex while he was supposed to be confined at
his Saline County home.
Harmon's girlfriend testified that he was bringing
methamphetamine and pornography tapes to her apartment for
a drug and sex party, and the prosecution played tapes of
their phone conversations. FBI agents attempted to arrest
Harmon when he arrived, but Harmon ran through the complex,
jumped into a man-made lake and splashed around before
surrendering to authorities.
Traces of methamphetamine were found on a piece of
tinfoil in Harmon's pocket, but no other methamphetamine
was found on him. Methamphetamine dissolves in water.
Under federal sentencing guidelines, 30 of the 37
months resulted from the conviction, and the remaining
months were a penalty enhancement because the crimes came
during a supervised release pending sentencing for an
Harmon was convicted in June 1997 of one count of
racketeering, three counts of conspiring to commit
extortion and one of conspiring to possess and distribute
marijuana. The racketeering charge alleged Harmon used his
7th Judicial District prosecuting attorney's office as an
illegal crime organization to obtain money and drugs.
In May, U.S. District Judge Stephen M. Reasoner gave
Harmon the 97-month sentence, observing that "There is just
something extraordinary about someone who is a prosecuting
attorney misusing the judicial system."
Reasoner also ordered Harmon to pay $16,000 in
restitution to victims of two extortion schemes and a
As prosecuting attorney, Harmon was responsible for
Saline, Grant and Hot Spring counties. He held that
position from 1979 until 1980 and again from 1991 through
1996, when he was forced to resign in a plea agreement
resolving a set of state charges. He pleaded no contest to
one misdemeanor and guilty to another.
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