Searcy man sentenced to 30 years for death - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Searcy man sentenced to 30 years for death

Posted: Updated:

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Searcy man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Charles Berry entered the plea Wednesday in White County Circuit Court. He was charged in the April 20, 2012, death of 41-year-old Donna Kennedy.

The Daily Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/17Z70B6 ) that Berry first reported Kennedy's death as a suicide. Medical examiners later determined that Kennedy's wounds weren't self-inflicted.

The White County Sheriff's Office says Berry then told authorities that a loaded gun accidentally discharged while he was playing with it. Deputies say the shooting did not appear to be premeditated.

Authorities say Berry has been held at the White County jail since his arrest. Deputy prosecutor Cynthia Baker says Berry has accumulated 289 days of jail credit.

 

Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.thedailycitizen.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Metro Radar

    Metro Radar

  • Chief: Walnut Ridge police fatally shoot man

    Chief: Walnut Ridge police fatally shoot man

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:15:29 GMT
    Authorities say a Walnut Ridge police officer fatally shot a man after the man shot his ex-wife then pointed his gun at police.More >>
    Authorities say a Walnut Ridge police officer fatally shot a man after the man shot his ex-wife then pointed his gun at police.More >>
  • Arkansas jury convicts ex-teacher of sex assault

    Arkansas jury convicts ex-teacher of sex assault

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:12:12 GMT
    A jury has sentenced a former Trumann High School teacher to 25 years in prison after convicting him of sexual assaulting a then-15-year-old student and fathering her child.More >>
    A jury has sentenced a former Trumann High School teacher to 25 years in prison after convicting him of sexual assaulting a then-15-year-old student and fathering her child.More >>