BENTONVILLE -- A Rogers man who admitted being the driver in a shooting was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison after he refused to testify against the shooter.
Alfredo Arroyo, 24, pleaded guilty in 2021 to accomplice to attempted capital murder, terroristic act and unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle.
He admitted he was the driver when Jordan Lucas Rosendo Leos shot at a house in Bentonville, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Arroyo agreed to testify truthfully against Leos as part of the plea agreement in which he was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Arroyo, however, wrote a letter in June stating he would refuse to testify.
"Sorry for this but if I do I will have to live with this for the rest of my life," he states in his letter. "Also you have to understand I live in prison and I want to make it home to my parents."
Jay Saxton, Arroyo's attorney, said at Tuesday's hearing his client was concerned about his safety in prison if he testified in the case.
Arroyo said in the letter his parents are old and he's doing his best in prison.
Prosecutors responded to Arroyo's decision by filing a petition to revoke his suspended sentence, which was part of the plea agreement.
Arroyo told Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green he didn't understand the agreement, but Green noted Arroyo didn't need an interpreter for the proceedings. The judge sentenced Arroyo to 18 years in prison for refusing to cooperate with the case.
He's already serving a 22-year prison sentence after his 2021 plea. Saxton said the sentences will be served consecutively.
Leos, 25, of Rogers pleaded guilty in June to unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and possession of firearm by certain persons. He was also charged with attempted capital murder and terroristic act, but those charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Bentonville police went at 7:13 p.m. April 24, 2020, to 1405 Camellia Drive concerning shots fired. Police learned someone fired multiple rounds and hit a home, according to the affidavit.
A witness told police the suspect fled in a black SUV. A second witness told police he saw a black Ford Escape with two people wearing masks, according to the affidavit.
Noah Johnson and David Kort said they were in the kitchen of the home when the shots were fired. Kort told police he heard five to seven shots, the affidavit states.
Johnson told police he had been feuding with Leos through text messages and believed Leos was responsible for the shooting, according to the affidavit.
Leos was sentenced to 25 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He is still being held in the Benton County Jail waiting to be sent to state prison.
Arroyo is being held at the Grimes Unit in Newport.