The Arkansas Court of Appeals, in a decision announced on Wednesday, March 8, affirmed the conviction of Darryl Lavon Bunton on a charge of “possession of a firearms by certain persons.”

An Ashley County Circuit Court jury convicted Bunton of the firearms offense in April, 2022. After the conviction, the jury set punishment at 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

In the appeal, Bunton’s attorney, Gary Potts, argued that the court should have granted his motion for a directed verdict because there was no direct evidence the defendant had a gun. Charges arose from an altercation on Sept. 21, 2021, in a carport belonging to Roy Langstaff in which Bunton was alleged to have pushed Langstaff before fleeing. According to Langstaff, he heard three shots and saw muzzle flashes from the area where Bunton had fled. He did not see a gun but indicated that Burton was the only other person in his yard.