Man gets 18-year term in Ark businessman's death

Man gets 18-year term in Ark businessman's death

A man accused of participating in a murder-for-hire conspiracy that resulted in the death of a Jonesboro business owner has pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension or prosecution.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A man accused of participating in a murder-for-hire conspiracy that resulted in the death of a Jonesboro business owner has pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Craighead County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said Friday Johnny Hubbard entered the plea as part of an agreement and was sentenced to 18 years in prison in connection with the Aug. 24 shooting death of Marc Despain. Hubbard also was sentenced to 40 years for a prior drug conviction.

Hubbard must testify at the trials of Despain's widow, Michelle, and her father, Carl Kelley, who are charged with capital murder. Prosecutors say Hubbard introduced Kelley to Terrance Barker, who shot Despain. Barker has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and awaits sentencing.

The Craighead County Public Defender's Office declined to comment on Hubbard's case.

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