UPDATE: Suspect Found Guilty in 2015 Negligent Homicide Deaths


UPDATE (January 12, 2018)

HOT SPRING COUNTY, Ark.- A man has been found guilty on four counts of Negligent homicide in the 2015 deaths of a Bismarck family.

The Prosecutor confirms Hot Spring County jury found Benjamin Ledwell,  guilty on four counts of misdemeanor negligent homicide in the deaths of a Bismarck family.

Ledwell was sentenced to one year on each count, running concurrently but the sentenced was suspended.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available. 

ORIGINAL STORY ( May 22, 2015)

ARKADELPHIA, AR – Tykee Sprankle walked into his graduation ceremony surrounded by people who love him–which is easy–everyone at Bismarck High School calls Tykee a friend.
“He knows we all love him and we’re here for him and it’s just a good thing for him now,” said Ryan Looper a fellow gradate. 
When Tykee’s parents and two siblings died in a head on collision Tuesday, the entire community mourned along side him.
“Everybody was pretty much heartbroken about it,” said Jo Micucci, Tykee’s classmate.  
To show support, everyone wore a black ribbon on their graduation gowns. Students also collected monetary donations. A simple gesture to show how much they care.
“Just trying to keep his mind off of things and be there for him because it’s a tough time,” said Uriel Diaz.
Even with all the support, this young man’s heart is still broken. He won’t get to wave to his parents or hug his brothers afterwards. He knew it would be a challenge.
“Emotional,” he said. “It’s going to be tough.”
The strength Tykee showed — just days after a tragic loss — has been inspiring to the community he calls his second family.
“I think this community is really great for him to be at because everyone will be here to support him,” said Micucci.  
It’s that very support that helped Tykee put on his cap and gown and even show that big smile he’s known for.
“I think he knows that we’re all here for him and we’re all praying for him,” said Micucci. 
“Just goes to show whenever someone needs help a small community like we have comes together and really helps,” said Looper. 
Tykee suffers from Cerebral Palsy. His older sister is now caring for him. If you would like to make donations to the family you can do so at any South Bancorp location. 

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