FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
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Jury Convicts Jonesboro Man of First Degree Battery
JONESBORO, AR, May 27, 2015 – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Wednesday that Craighead County jurors convicted Paul M. Suchey, Jr., 31, of Jonesboro, of first degree battery. The jury returned its verdict late Wednesday afternoon after a two day trial.
Circuit Judge Brent Davis followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Suchey to 35 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Ellington said, “I really appreciate the hard work of Deputy Prosecutor Charles Finkenbinder, Victim/Witness Coordinator Amanda Muir, and the Jonesboro Police Department in putting this case together. The emergency room physicians from St. Bernards and Lebonheur Children’s Hospital were a tremendous help in preparing and presenting this case to the jury.”
History of the Case:
On September 2, 2013, Suchey’s wife returned home from work to find that their four-month old had a swollen head, and was crying uncontrollably. The child was taken to the St. Bernards emergency room, who contacted local authorities after treating the child for a depressed skull fracture.
After advising that she had been at work all day and that Suchey had watched the baby alone, Suchey was questioned and stated that the child may have hit his knee while being rocked, then later stated the child may have been injured after accidentally hitting the doorframe of the bedroom. Suchey would not elaborate further and was arrested.
The child was later transported to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis for further treatment, and recovered from the injuries.