FORREST CITY, Ark. (KTHV) - A judge let a convicted murderer out on the street, and now the county sheriff is responsible for finding him.
Anthony Millbrooks pleaded guilty to first-degree murder two weeks ago in St. Francis County. The judge, L.T. Simes, let him out and ordered him to return for sentencing last Thursday, but Millbrooks never showed.
"There's no way I would let this guy go. No way. We did not agree at all. He had a long criminal history and to let him out is beyond me," said Sheriff Bobby May of St. Francis County.
May said he has no idea why Circuit Judge L.T. Simes would release convicted murderer Anthony Millbrooks ten days before sentencing him to 22 years in prison.
"I don't know why he did it. I don't know what his logic was, what his reasoning was and certainly he should have had his criminal history in front of him and certainly he should have known that he had been in jail for two years. He should listen to the state. He should have listened to the prosecution. They objected to it," added May.
Tuesday, Judge Simes issued a $1 million bench warrant for Milbrooks, giving Sheriff May the task of finding him, and even asking for a weekly report on the progress. It's a task Sheriff May knows his deputies can handle.
"You can run, but you can't hide. I just hope he doesn't resist because if he resists, we are not going to take any chances with him. We're just not," May stated. "We're going to get him eventually. He'll be got, but I just hope in the meantime, he doesn't hurt anyone else."
THV 11 contacted Judge Simes' office, but his secretary told us because Millbrooks still has to come before his court, the Judge will not be issuing a statement.
Police last saw Millbrooks in Jonesboro but could not capture him. Millbrooks is convicted of shooting and killing 33-year-old Deadrick Crawford in 2010. If you see him, you are encouraged to contact police as soon as possible at (870) 633-2611.