Brookland man pleads guilty in murder of girlfriend

Tommy Joe Baker Provided by Craighead Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Tommy Joe Baker Provided by Craighead Co. Sheriff's Dept.

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.

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