Man pleads guilty in torture killing of Arkansas woman

Man pleads guilty in torture killing of Arkansas woman

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty for his role in the torture and beating death of a Fayetteville woman in 2015.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 32-year-old Christopher Lee Treat pleaded guilty Friday to being an accomplice to first-degree murder.

Treat was sentenced to 33 years in prison as part of a plea bargain in which the charge was reduced from accomplice to capital murder, which carries a possible death sentence.

Treat admitted to helping four other people torture 24-year-old Victoria Annabeth Davis for hours before beating her to death.

Two co-defendants previously pleaded guilty to being accomplices to first-degree murder in the case and a third was convicted as an accomplice to capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The fourth co-defendant is due in court next week.

Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com

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