BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) – A Brookland man has pleaded guilty to murdering his 21-year-old girlfriend back on January 9.
According to the Craighead County Prosecutor's Officer, Tommy Joe Baker pleaded guilty to beating to death 21-year-old Kandi Hanley on January 9 at an apartment off Stevens Street in Brookland.
Baker was sentenced to 37-and-a-half years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
The Craighead County Sheriff's Department says on January 9 police were dispatched to an apartment home on Stevens Street in Brookland around 7:30am. There they found the body of an unidentified woman, who was later identified as 21-year-old Kandi Hanley.
Police later identified Tommy Joe Baker as a suspect. Police say Baker stole a truck in Brookland and bailed out of the truck somewhere in north Jonesboro. After that, he got a ride from a friend and stopped in a field.
The sheriff's department used Couch's Helicopters out of Light helped find Baker in the field where he was arrested.