(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
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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