Blytheville man convicted of murder, sentenced to 41 years in prison

Jimmy Northern (Source: Blytheville Police Department)
Jimmy Northern (Source: Blytheville Police Department)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR  (KAIT) – A Mississippi County man was convicted of murder and sentenced to more than 40 years in prison, according to Second Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.

According to a release from Ellington's office, Jimmy Northern, 43, of Blytheville was convicted of shooting Thomas Essig of Blytheville to death in December, 2012. A jury then followed a recommendation by Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer to sentence Northern to 41 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Northern had previous felony convictions and his sentence was enhanced, according to Ellington.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Curtis Walker of Blytheville presented the case to the jury.

According to Blytheville Police, Essig was found on the ground at the True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church with a gunshot wound.

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