Gwathney sentenced to life in prison

MARIANNA, AR (KAIT) - After being found guilty Wednesday, Gordan Randall Gwathney has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of three relatives in early 2007.

The jury in Lee Count deliberated for more than five hours Wednesday before convicting Gwathney on three counts of capital murder. He was also convicted on one count of attempted capital murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

The 47-year-old was convicted of killing his mother-in-law, Sylvia Reeves, her parents J.O. Mitchell and Evelyn Mitchell. He was also accused of trying to kill his brother-in-law and a former St. Francis County sheriff's deputy.

Gwathney's defense lawyer says his client suffers from a mental illness.

We'll have more on this story coming up on Region 8 News Midday, which can be viewed live on or on KAIT at 11:00 a.m.

(KAIT sister station WMC-TV contributed to this report.)