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Man accused of murdering 83-year-old pleads guilty

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A man accused of murdering an 83-year-old Craighead County woman pleaded guilty in court Monday.

According to the Craighead County Prosecuting Office, Ronnie Laster pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. As a condition of his plea, he must serve 100% of the 25 years.  

The Craighead County Sheriff's Department says on December 29, 2010, they found Helen Johnson dead in her home off Hasbrook Road. Investigators say she died of multiple stab wounds.

A neighbor found Johnson murdered inside her home, after her granddaughter asked him to check on her. Her granddaughter called her every night around the same time, and on that night Johnson never answered.

On Saturday January 8, 2011, Craighead County Sheriff's deputies arrested Laster. Police say he rented a home from Johnson, just two doors down from her home.

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