BY MELANIE BUCK –
Dr. David Van Winkle placed his bid before the Arkansas Supreme Court in early March 2016 to grant him a new trial arguing “ineffective representation.” Van Winkle has already lost an appeal in the Arkansas Court of Appeals, and upon that loss (Van Winkle ‘contended that there was insufficient evidence to support four of the convictions.’), moved on to the Supreme Court. The Court however, affirmed his conviction and he will continue to serve out his 52-year sentence in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
“Dr. Van Winkle used his position as a dentist to exploit a vulnerable person. When she refused to meet his demands, he committed a horrifying, violent crime. Thankfully, his sophisticated legal maneuvers have not helped him avoid the prison sentence he justly received,” said Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner.
The original conviction and sentence were 40 years on the charge of Aggravated Residential Burglary; 12 years on the same charge for Possessing a Firearm in the act and law dictates must be served consecutively, meaning a total of 52 years; 13 years on the charge of Kidnapping; 5 years on the charge of Stalking; 3 years on the charge of Terroristic Threatening; as well as $2,500 fine on each misdemeanor charge of Battery and Assault. The Kidnapping, Stalking, and Terroristic Threatening sentences are to be served in concurrence with the 52 years.
Van Winkle was remanded into the Arkansas Department of Corrections following the trial in October 2013, where he remains.
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