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Mississippi County Jury convicts man who kidnapped disabled veteran, 30 years sentence handed down

Mississippi County Jury convicts man who kidnapped disabled veteran, 30 years sentence handed down

OSCEOLA, AR, December 10, 2016 – On Friday, December 8, 2016, an Osceola District, Mississippi County, jury convicted Terrell Harrell, age 25, of Luxora, Arkansas, for the March 2, 2015 Aggravated Robbery and Kidnapping of Robert Birmingham, age 68, also of Luxora, and a decorated disabled Vietnam veteran.

Ellington credited the great investigative work of Chief Albert Wright of the Luxora Police Department and Sergeant Brice Hicks of the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department for their work as lead investigators. Ellington said Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Catherine P. Dean and Keith Chrestman represented the State.

“It is our job to protect the weak and disabled from those predators who prey on them. This case is more egregious because they knew Mr. Birmingham was a disabled veteran.”

The jury also convicted Harrell of Battery in the Second Degree, Theft of a Firearm and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Circuit Judge Dan Ritchey sentenced the Defendant to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Birmingham was asleep in his bed after having suffered a stroke and paralysis of his right arm and leg which had left him wheelchair-bound when Harrell and a co-defendant broke into his home after midnight, bound, gagged, blindfolded, and stabbed Birmingham while attempting to gain entry into a safe. Unable to open the safe, Harrell and his co-defendant dragged and stuffed Birmingham in the back seat of his own truck and held him captive at gunpoint while they drove from Luxora, through Marion and along Interstate 40 for hours. Law Enforcement agencies including the Luxora Police, Mississippi County Sheriff’s, and Little Rock Police Departments, along with the Arkansas State Police, working in concert ultimately located Birmingham in his vehicle, dressed only in his boxer shorts, in Little Rock where he was treated and released from the VA.

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Crittenden County Man Receives Life Sentence for Aggravated Robbery

CRITTENDEN COUNTY MAN RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE FOR AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

MARION, AR, June 8, 2016- Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas announced Thursday that a Crittenden County jury convicted Roosevelt Rashun Coleman of Aggravated Robbery and commission the crime with a firearm. The jury returned the verdict Wednesday evening after a three-day jury trail. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney J. Matthew Coe prosecuted the case for the State of Arkansas.

Circuit Judge Ralph Wilson sentenced Coleman to life in prison in the Arkansas Department of Corrections as a habitual violent offender, having been convicted of residential burglary on two previous occasions.

Ellington said, “Because of the hard work of Deputy Prosecuting Attorney J. Matthew Coe, as well as Detective Freddy Williams and law enforcement with the Marion Police Department, Crittenden County will not have to worry about this violent individual walking the streets of their community.”

Coe said, “I am appreciative of the hard work of Detective Freddy Williams and the Marion Police Department, as well as the help and assistance that they received from the citizens of Crittenden County in bringing Coleman to justice. I applaud the jury’s difficult task in this case as well. Due to everyone’s efforts, this violent criminal has been removed from our community.”

According to the evidence introduced at trial, Coleman entered the Dollar General on the I-55 Service Road in Marion, Arkansas, on September 14, 2015 around 8:30 pm. He held the assistant manager at gun point and pushed her to the store’s cash registers and demanded money. While the assistant manager complied with his demand, he struck her on the head with the butt end of the gun, resulting in a significant injury to the assistant manager which necessitated treatment at a local hospital. After taking cash from the registers, Coleman fled the store on foot.

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Prosecutor’s Response to recent Court of Appeals Ruling

KAIT’s Meredith Miller stopped by the office today to interview me about yesterday’s decision by the Arkansas Court of Appeals in State v. Inskeep. I told her when we charged Nathan Inskeep with Aggravated Residential Burglary, we believed that was the appropriate charge. Judging from all the calls and messages I have received today, I can tell you the public is outraged by the decision handed down yesterday by the Arkansas Court of Appeals. The Appellate Court reduced the count from Aggravated Residential Burglary to Residential Burglary and reduced the jury’s recommended sentence from 40 years to 20 years.

 

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Jury Convicts Dixie Man of Residential Burglary and Theft – Sentenced to 30 Years

Jury Convicts Dixie Man of Residential Burglary and Theft – Sentenced to 30 Years

LAKE CITY, AR, March 1, 2016 – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Tuesday that Craighead County jurors convicted George Guthrie, 47, of Dixie, of residential burglary and theft of property.  The jury returned its verdict late Tuesday afternoon after a one day trial in the Eastern District Courtroom.

Circuit Judge John Fogleman followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Guthrie to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He was convicted of one count of residential burglary and one misdemeanor count of theft of property.  Guthrie broke in to a fishing cabin at Williams Landing near the St. Francis River in Craighead County.

Ellington commended the work of the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department and specifically Deputy Chris Kelems and Investigator John Varner; as well as Craighead County Deputy Prosecutor Charles Finkenbinder, who prosecuted the case.

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Jury Convicts Jonesboro Man of Residential Burglary

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Jury Convicts Jonesboro Man of Residential Burglary

JONESBORO, AR, February 17, 2016 – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Wednesday that Craighead County jurors convicted Michael Crenshaw, 36, of Jonesboro, of residential burglary. The jury returned its verdict late Tuesday afternoon.

Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer sentenced Crenshaw to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He was convicted of one count of residential burglary. Crenshaw has several pending counts of residential burglary which remain on the Court’s docket.

Ellington commended the work of the Jonesboro Police Department, specifically Shay Racy, Jeremy Parnell and Erik Johnson; Probation Officers Bryan Hook and Chad Jones with the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections as well as Craighead County Deputy Prosecutor Charles Finkenbinder, who prosecuted the case.

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