Ellington: West Memphis man sentenced to 110 years in prison

May 13, 2016

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Charged as habitual felony offender

MARION, ARK. – Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announces that a West Memphis man was sentenced to 110 years in prison following a two-day jury trial.

Crittenden County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Young tried Lawrence Handy, 37, of West Memphis on a single count of residential burglary Wednesday and Thursday at the Crittenden County Courthouse in Marion. Jurors found Handy guilty Thursday afternoon.

Circuit Judge Randy Philhours of Paragould followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Handy to 60 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, the maximum sentence available for residential burglary under the Arkansas habitual offender law. Philhours added an additional 50 years after granting the State’s three petitions to revoke Handy’s prior suspended sentences and/or probation.

Ellington expressed his gratitude for Young’s outstanding trial work, as well as the investigative work West Memphis Police Det. Steven Fleming.
“This was one of those cases where we said, ‘This guy has had enough bites at the apple,’” said Ellington. “We are grateful that the jury took this guy off the streets and placed him behind bars where he belongs.”


Handy was remanded to the custody of Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen to await transport to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.


By |2016-05-13T14:16:40+00:00May 13th, 2016|News|2 Comments


  1. Dean Hartwick May 13, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks to Deputy Prosecutor Young, Detective Fleming, the Jury, and Judge Philhours for taking Handy off the streets. I hope his sentence will deter other criminals and I encourage other judges and juries to follow the example of this trial.

  2. VERONICA PERRY June 30, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Good job Mr. Ellington…. No more bites off that apple… these are the kind of criminals we need off the street! Thank you for your wisdom.

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