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Teen Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Mammoth Spring Death

AUGUST 11, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CDT

 

SALEM, AR - A guilty plea to manslaughter has netted a Mammoth Spring teenager a six-year prison sentence in the 2005 shooting death of another teenager in that town.

Stephen J. Smith, 18, pleaded guilty Monday just before his murder trial was to have started in Fulton County Circuit Court at Salem.  Judge Tim Weaver sentenced him to six years in the May 25, 2005, death of 14-year-old Joshua Mullins.

Smith had originally been charged with first-degree murder.

According to prosecutors, Smith shot Mullins in the head from close range with a 20-gauge shotgun at Smith's home near Mammoth Spring.  Smith had previously admitted he shot Mullins but said it was an accident.

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