Liggins convicted in October killing of ex-girlfriend


JONESBORO (AP) - A Jonesboro man has been sentenced to 65 years in prison after being convicted of killing a woman in her Jonesboro apartment.

The jury returned the verdict late Thursday against 21-year-old Edward Anthony Liggins Jr. for the October death of 20-year-old Tyrina Cornwell. State Medical Examiner Frank Peretti testified that Cornwell died of trauma from a beating coupled with a gunshot wound.

Deputy prosecutor Alan Copelin says jurors returned shortly after midnight with a 40-year-year sentence recommendation for the murder conviction that was followed by the judge. The sentence was enhanced by 25 years because a firearm was used in the crime and it was committed in the presence of children.

Copelin says Liggins will be eligible for parole in about 48 1/2 years.

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