By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A jury deliberated for a little more than an hour Thursday before convicting a Pulaski County man of second-degree murder and acquitting him of arson and conspiracy to commit murder.
Following emotional testimony in the sentencing phase of Matthew Ernest Arnold’s case (see related story), the jury of eight men and four women recommended Arnold serve 10 years in prison. Arnold could have received up to 40 years, which was the sentence his co-defendant, Roland Keith (Ron) Wilson Jr., received.
Defense attorney Jimmy Turk waived preparation of a background report on Arnold and asked the judge to proceed with sentencing. Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. imposed the 10-year sentence — the maximum he could impose based on the jury’s recommendation.
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