Woman pleads guilty to murder in biting death, sentenced

Woman pleads guilty to murder in biting death, sentenced

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT) - A Mammoth Spring woman will spend years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to biting and beating an elderly woman which led to her death.

Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce announced Wednesday that Jennifer Lea Collins pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree.

The 56-year-old woman was sentenced to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction with 10 years suspended.

Boyce states Collins caused the death of Jane Sandefur, 92, of Cherokee Village. She had been hired as Sandefur's caregiver.

On May 11, 2017, Collins attacked Sandefur. The woman's son told emergency responders that Collins hit and beat the woman.

The elderly woman sustained multiple injuries including multiple bite wounds. Sandefur died of complications from pneumonia brought on by the attack.

Collins was initially charged with battery until Sandefur's death.

Boyce said in the news release:

This is without a doubt one of the most bizarre cases I have seen in over 15 years as Prosecuting Attorney for this District. There were several preliminary legal issues pending before the Court when Collins decided to plea. After lengthy conversations with all members of the Sandefur family they have consented to this plea agreement. I am happy that we were able to help bring closure to Mrs. Sandefur's family today.

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