10-year sentence for man who insisted on plea

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man diagnosed with a mental illness and who faces the death penalty in another case is going against his attorney's advice and has pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

A Pulaski County judge on Friday sentenced 30-year-old Troy Allen Crook of Jacksonville to 10 years in prison after Crook pleaded guilty to felony fleeing and two misdemeanor counts stemming from a January 2008 arrest.

Crook and another man face capital murder charges in Faulkner County in the beating deaths of two cousins. Crook's attorney, David Sudduth, tried to discourage Crook from pleading guilty to the Pulaski County charges, because Sudduth was afraid the convictions could be used against Crook if Crook is convicted of murder.

After state doctors and a defense expert found Crook fit to enter the guilty plea, Sudduth said Crook had the right to do so. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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