Prosecutor: Woman pleads guilty to killing store manager

     (AP) – A Leachville woman has pleaded guilty to killing a rural

grocery store manager in northeast Arkansas.

     Prosecutor Scott Ellington told reporters that 31-year-old Stacy Keplinger

pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder and attempted murder and was

sentenced to a total of 80 years in prison. Ellington said Keplinger also has

agreed to testify against co-defendants Charles Quintana and Darrel Eugene Swan

in the case.

     A phone call to Keplinger’s attorney was not answered on Sunday.

     Keplinger was charged in the Dec. 23, 2015, shooting death of Stacy Quintana

and the attempted shooting of a delivery truck driver at Lorado Grocery in

Greene County.

     Prosecutors say Charles Quintana is the ex-husband of the victim and

masterminded the shooting and that Swan drove Keplinger to the store. Both have

pleaded not guilty.


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