West Memphis Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Chase that Led to Trooper's Death

FORREST CITY, AR - A passenger in a car whose driver led an Arkansas State Police trooper on a chase that ended in the officer's death has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of robbery and theft.

Reginald Dixon, 28, of West Memphis, was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison.  Dixon had originally faced charges of capital murder, theft, fleeing from police and aggravated robbery in a series of events that led to the death of Corporal Mark W. Carthron of West Memphis.

Carthron was struck and killed by another officer's patrol car as he retrieved tire-puncturing spikes from Interstate 40.

The fleeing car's driver, Wesley Jefferson, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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