ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
SAM BIRD, JUDGE
STATE OF ARKANSAS
June 27, 2007
APPEAL FROM THE WASHINGTON
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
HON. WILLIAM A. STOREY, JUDGE
Appellant Steven Sparks was convicted by a jury on February 15, 2005 of three counts
of rape and three counts of terroristic threatening. He received sentences totaling forty-six
years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, to be run consecutively to another sentence
in a Missouri case. Appellant’s counsel initially filed with this court a motion to withdraw,
arguing that the appeal was wholly without merit pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S.
738 (1967), and Rule 4-3(j) of the Rules of the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of
Appeals. In our unpublished opinion Sparks v. State, CACR 05-600 (Jan. 24, 2007), we
ordered rebriefing because counsel’s brief was inadequate and we could not discern whether
he was entitled to be relieved as counsel on his asserted ground that the appeal had no merit.
Counsel now has briefed an appeal on the merits, raising two points. First, he contends
that the trial court erred in sustaining fifteen objections by the State during cross-examination
of the victims. Second, he contends that the court erred in sustaining two objections by the
State to testimony by defense witnesses.
Matters pertaining to the admissibility of evidence are left to the sound discretion of
the trial court, whose rulings will not be reversed absent an abuse of discretion and a showing
of prejudice. Harmon v. State, 340 Ark. 18, 8 S.W.3d 472 (2000). We reject Sparks’s request
that, in light of his lengthy sentence, we scrutinize his case as closely as if it were a case for a
capital offense. Such scrutiny is required only when a sentence is death or life imprisonment.
Ark. Sup. Ct. R. 4-3(h) (2007). Here, the trial court did not abuse its discretion regarding
the admissibility of testimony; therefore, the conviction