Jonesboro Man Sentenced for Beating Death

January 9, 2003  -- Posted at 7:16 AM CDT

JONESBORO, AR  --A Jonesboro man is sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating a temporary roommate to death with a baseball bat.

Tommy Harris, age 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Thomas Marc Hodges.

Hodges had been temporarily staying in Harris' home.

Police Lieutenant Rick Elliott says Harris and Hodges worked for the same roofing company and were drinking when Harris told Hodges it was time for him to move out, prompting a fight.

Circuit Judge John Fogleman accepted Harris' guilty plea Wednesday. Harris told the judge he was assaulted and tried to defend himself, but was worried he could NOT convince a jury it was self defense.

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