Suspect pleads guilty in murder of Lake City man

Suspect pleads guilty in murder of Lake City man

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man has pleaded guilty to killing an elderly man and has agreed to spend decades in jail.

Jacob Thomas Craig entered the plea on Monday. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and robbery.

Craig, who was 17 at the time of the murder, killed 73-year-old Jimmie D. Hall in April 2016.

Authorities believe Hall died from the stab wounds he had around his neck, Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd said last year.

Craig reportedly admitted killing Hall during an interview with investigators.

He has agreed to 60 years in prison for the murder with 310 days credited for time served.

Grant DeProw, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, said while they were prepared to go to trial they are pleased with the agreement.

"It's an ideal agreement," DeProw said. "He plead to the maximum amount of time available short of a life sentence for first-degree murder. He plead the maximum sentence for the robbery charge."

The victim's three sons were in the courtroom. Keith Hall read a statement to the court saying the day he got the call about his father being murdered was the worst day of his life.

DeProw said the family was also on board for the trial but hopes this plea agreement gives them closure.

"One year has not dimmed the feelings," DeProw said. "They miss their father acutely, and proceedings like this always bring that back to the forefront. We spent many hours discussing with them the evidence, possible scenarios at trial, and the plea offer that his attorney had proposed, and I think they have some peace."

DeProw said they expect Craig to serve no less than 33 years in prison.

Craig also read a statement to the court asking the family for forgiveness.

While it's not uncommon for the defendant to speak, DeProw said he felt the family appreciated it.

"At least he was able to offer some sentiments," DeProw said. "They expressed happiness that he felt some remorse."

Because of the plea agreement, Craig cannot appeal this case.

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