Man sentenced to six life terms in prison

Man sentenced to six life terms in prison
mug shot of 51-year-old Heath Bernell Mabry of Paragould (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -A man has been sentenced to six life terms in prison.

A press release issued by the Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington stated a jury in Paragould found 51-year-old Heath Mabry guilty of six felony counts of rape.

His co-defendant in the case, Clarissa Cooley, previously pleaded guilty to rape and received 35 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Cooley also testified against Mabry at his trial.

The victim in this case was a juvenile.

The three-day trial concluded Dec. 13 with the jury recommending that Mabry be sentenced to six terms of life in prison at the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Judge Barbara Halsey agreed with the jury’s sentencing recommendation.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Adam Butler and Robert Thompson prosecuted the cases for the State of Arkansas.

District Prosecuting Attorney Ellington said he was grateful for the legal team and law enforcement officials who were a part of this case.

“I want to thank Deputy Prosecutors Adam Butler and Robert Thompson for their incredible work ethic and pursuit of justice in this case," Ellington said. "I also want to thank Lieutenant Rhonda Thomas, Jack Hailey and the Paragould Police Department for their sharp investigation. Lastly, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the jurors that saw this case through. Cases like this are extremely emotionally challenging, and I want them to know how much we appreciate their service.”

To see the full article on Cooley, click here.

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