Howard Dallas Short, who was arrested Aug. 6 in connection with the death of 64-year-old Michael Robb, of Greenbrier, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to three charges in two prior cases involving stolen checks, including one case which lists Robb as the victim.
Short, 37, entered the guilty pleas, on two counts of forgery, a class C felony, and theft of property, a class A misdemeanor, before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.
Short received nine years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and a suspended sentence of five years. Court documents show Short will receive 56 days of jail credit for time already spent awaiting trial.
The defendant will also be required to pay $470 in court fees, and $1,610 in restitution to victims.
In both cases, which are to have occurred in July and December of 2012, the victims reported having checks missing shortly after Short was at their residence. The victims said the checks were later used at various stores, or to obtain cash.
Robb, who was listed as a victim in one of Short’s two forgery cases, was found dead by Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputies Aug. 6 after he was reported missing by his sister. The sheriff’s office said in an August news release that Robb’s sister had not heard from her brother since July 15, and no one had seen him since July 31.
Authorities believe he died several days before being found. Sheriff Andy Shock said death by natural causes had been ruled out.
Through further investigation, deputies learned of activity on Robb’s bank account since he had been reported missing, and also discovered the victim’s truck gone.
Short and April Cullum, 25, were located by an off-duty Atkins police officer later that night at a McDonald’s, with the vehicle. Multiple Atkins police units responded to the scene and were able to apprehend Cullum. However, Short evaded police capture in a vehicle.
Short proceeded to lead multiple agencies on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 40, which began in Pope County, continued through Faulkner County and ended near Crystal Hill Road in Pulaski County with Short’s capture. Shock said the pursuit reached speeds of more than 130 mph.
At this time, Short has only been charged with fleeing, a class D felony, in the case. Short pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday.
Court documents show no current charges against April Cullum. She is also not listed on the Faulkner County jail inmate roster.
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