CO-DEFENDANT ENTERS GUILTY PLEA IN DEADLY PARAGOULD HOME INVASION

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington has announced the guilty plea of one of two defendants charged in a set of November 2012 Paragould home invasions, one of which resulted in the murder of 92-year-old Clinton Mason.

Defendant Rashon Webb entered a guilty plea to first degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, and two counts of aggravated residential burglary. He was sentenced to 92 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

“One defendant down, one to go,” Ellington said. “Today’s plea is the fruit of solid police work of Paragould Detective Sgt. Rhonda Thomas, ASP Sgt. Scott Pillow, and their department’s collaborative efforts.”

Webb’s co-defendant, Lavelle Branch-Griffin, will appear again in Greene County Circuit Court before Judge Randy Philhours on September 4 for a pretrial hearing. Branch-Griffin’s trial is slated to being November 4 in Paragould. He is being held in the Greene County Detention Center without bond, the prosecutor said.