Bynum Found Guilty on Sexual Assault Charges


A jury deliberated through the midnight hour, and ultimately found James Neal Bynum guilty on two counts of sexual assault, class B felonies. With Judge Jerry Don Ramey presiding, the jury heard testimony over the span of four days.

The sentencing phase began immediately following the guilty verdict. Bynum was sentenced to five years for count one, and five years for count two. That sentence is to be served consecutively, and he must be registered as a sex offender. Additionally, he was fined $2,500 for each of those two counts. The court will consider Bynum’s time already served.

Bynum, who was convicted in 2015, was found guilty on 10 counts of sexual assault in the fourth degree, a class D Felony and two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, a class B felony. After finding Bynum guilty, the jury handed down a 100 year sentence. In 2017, Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Hixson reversed a portion of Bynum’s sentence and remanded it back to Scott County.

Bynum’s trial began on Tuesday, October 29. The prosecutor’s office charged Bynum with two counts of felony sexual assault in the second degree. After the guilty verdict and sentencing was handed down, Bynum was taken into custody.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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