BY MELANIE BUCK –
A jury handed a 36-year sentence down to a 37-year old man in Polk County Circuit Court last week. The panel of 7 men and 5 women found Kenneth Kerment Siler guilty of three felony charges – Manufacturing of Marijuana, for which he will serve 15 years; Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, for which he will serve 20 years; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1 year. Each term is to run consecutively for a total of 36 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. This is Siler’s sixth time to be convicted of a felony offense.
Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner said that even though Siler was sentenced to 36 years, that he would only be required to serve one-sixth of the sentence, bringing time served down to 6 years if he shows good behavior.
The case is from 2012 and began when officers with the 18th West Judicial Drug Task Force and Polk County Deputies arrived at Siler’s residence on a drug investigation and found the marijuana growing in Siler’s yard. There was also marijuana, guns, and paraphernalia found inside the home. Siler’s wife, Jessica Siler, is currently serving time in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for charges on the same case.