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Pleas entered in circuit court

In the 21st Judicial District Circuit Court in Van Buren Dec. 11, Judge Gary R. Cottrell heard pleas and sentenced the following:

• Shannon Michael Pixley, 42, of Rudy pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction to be followed by a five-year prison sentence. He is to complete counseling in prison and have no contact with the victim or family.

• James Alfred Bentley Jr., 37, of Van Buren pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender and habitual offender and was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction to be followed by a 10-year suspended prison sentence.

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