McArty v. HobbsAnnotate this Case
Appellant Randall McArty was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to "hard labor" in the Department of Correction for life. The Supreme Court affirmed. Appellant later filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus, alleging that his sentence exceeded the statutory sentencing authority of the circuit court and was a violation of Appellant's right against cruel and unusual punishment. The circuit court denied the petition for failing to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. Appellant appealed and filed pro se motions to file a supplemental abstract, addendum, and brief. The Supreme Court denied the motion and affirmed the circuit court's order, holding that Appellant's sentence was not illegal for exceeding the statutory range of punishment by imposing a condition on his incarceration, as the statement that Appellant was sentenced to "hard labor" merely reflected the continuing policy of the state of Arkansas.