April 1, 2006 - Posted at 12:38 p.m. CST
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) _ One of two men charged in the slaying of a
91-year-old man in an apparent robbery of his home has pleaded
guilty to first-degree murder.
Raymon Brown was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for
the slaying of Opal Veasley, who was shot to death July 21ST, 2004.
Brown and the other suspect, Jarrius Dominic Williams, were
charged with capital murder, though prosecutors opted against
seeking the death penalty.
Deputy Prosecutor Angela Byrd says Williams was offered an
opportunity to plead guilty to first-degree murder but he didn't
Inside Veasley's home, the refrigerator door was left open and
his mattress had been tossed. Police said at the time they believed
the culprits were looking for hidden money.