Teen sentenced to nearly two decades for Jonesboro murder

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro teenager will spend the next 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to a murder.

According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Grant DeProw, Austin D. Ivy, 17, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Monday.

Ivy was also sentenced on Tuesday to 19 years in prison as well as a suspended sentence of five years.

His plea stems from the March 2017 murder of 21-year-old Alicia Carr.

According to court documents, two juveniles confronted him in the 400-block of North Allis "regarding a theft he supposedly committed" earlier in Cedar Heights.

Following an argument, the two teens went back to the vehicle where Carr was waiting in the driver's seat.

Ivy and another juvenile then reportedly opened fire on the car. Detectives said Ivy's shot "struck Carr in the head, mortally wounding her."

She was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

Charlene Henry, Craighead Co. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, said Carr's parents provided a victim impact statement Tuesday, saying both parents had a sense of peace with the decision.

"I think the family was able to have some closure with this sentence," Henry said. "He will have to serve 70 percent of that sentence before he is eligible for parole."

After Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause to charge Ivy with capital murder, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said his office would prosecute him as an adult.

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