Former Marked Tree Coach Enters Guilty Plea This Afternoon on State Charges

JUNE 3, 2005 - Posted at 2:33 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

That was the sentence handed down this afternoon to former Marked Tree coach and Dean of Students Rob Jennings, who unexpectedly entered a guilty plea today in Craighead County Circuit Court.

Accompanied by his attorney Bill Bristow, Jennings pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree violation of a minor, as part of a plea agreement.  He had originally been charged with 19 counts of the same crime, as well as two counts of rape and first degree violation of a minor.

A spokesperson with the Poinsett County prosecutor's office said Jennings' state sentence will run concurrently with an eight-year federal sentence that Jennings must also serve after pleading guilty last month in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors say Jennings must report to a federal prison no later than June 12.