August 27, 2003 - Posted at 2:04 p.m. CDT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A 30-year-old Arkansas (Marked Tree) man will be set free after pleading guilty in a Memphis, Tennessee homicide for a second time.
Shannon Smith had been serving a life sentence in the 1991 killing of Terry Wilbanks of Columbus, Mississippi and the wounding of the victim's wife, Elizabeth Wilbanks.
But a special judge ruled in 1999 that Smith and co-defendant Keith Versie didn't have adequate legal representation.
Under the plea agreement Tuesday, Smith was sentenced to nine years, five months and 17 days in prison - time he has already served.
Versie is scheduled for a new trial March first and is free on $50,000 bond.
A third defendant, Michael Wofford, had pleaded guilty to lesser charges in 1992 and is now out on parole. His case wasn't overturned.
All three men were from Marked Tree, Arkansas.