YELLVILLE, Arkansas — A Lead Hill man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and accepted a 20-year sentence in a plea agreement with prosecutors in the 2013 shooting death of his friend.
The Baxter Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/13cAjCD ) that 31-year-old Joseph Leo Saylors avoided a potential sentence of life in prison after he entered a guilty plea in Marion County Court in the Nov. 17, 2013, shooting death of Jody Rogers. Saylors, had faced a charge of first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of 10 to 40 years or life in prison.
Saylors admitted using a .22-caliber pistol to shoot Rogers through the heart and leaving him in a ditch alongside his brother's Monarch home.
Authorities say Saylors and Rogers were friends and the shooting occurred after a fistfight between the two.
Information from: The Baxter Bulletin, http://www.baxterbulletin.com
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