Ten years given for second-degree murder




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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2 Responses to Ten years given for second-degree murder

  1. Patty

    May 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Poor mr Bain got his life , mr, Matthew got only 10

  2. dlp

    May 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Going rate for murder these days….still believe our justice system is the best in the world……¿¿¿

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