Man Convicted In Fort Smith Slaying Gets 70 Years

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SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — A man found guilty of second-degree murder and another felony charge is going to have a lot of time to think about what he did: 70 years to be exact.

Denver Wayne Pennington of Hackett, who was 29 when the shooting happened but who is now 30, has been found guilty of the shooting death of Arthur McIntyre. He was found guilty on charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm by 12 jurors Wednesday (Dec. 7). Each charge carries a 35 year sentence, and in sum, he’ll have to pay a $15,000 fine, court documents state.

About 2 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 26) police were dispatched to a home near North 30th Street and Alabama Avenue after neighbors dialed 911 and reported hearing gun shots. When police arrived in the area, McIntyre’s body was found laying on the backyard at one of the houses. He was shot with a rifle, according to Fort Smith Police.

According to police, Pennington told investigators he and McIntyre got into an argument before the shooting occurred.

A verdict was reached during the second trial for Pennington regarding the case. During the first trial in September,  a judge declared a mistrial after jurors couldn’t unanimously agree on the verdict.

This isn’t the first time Pennington has spent time behind bars. He has a lengthy rap sheet of instances violating the law.  Also, he’s a convicted sex offender and has been convicted multiple times of failing to register as a sex offender, court records state.