Walnut Ridge Man Jailed on Murder Charge

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NEWPORT, Ark. – A Walnut Ridge man has been charged with murder in a Dec. 2017 case.

Gary Lee Fears, 57, also faces felony enhancement charges for being a felon in possession of a weapon and committing a felony offense in the presence of a child.

Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, announced the charges against Fears in a news release issued on Monday.

Boyce says convictions on the enhancement charges could increase Fears’ sentence by up to 25 additional years of imprisonment.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Dec. 15, 2017 during a reported dispute between Fears and his roommates over rental payments.  

The victim, Angel Penn, was found dead in the kitchen of Fears’ home when law enforcement officers arrived.

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