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Man pleads guilty in son-in-law’s death

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 4, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.

— Prosecutors say an Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a purported murder-for-hire conspiracy that left his son-in-law dead.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington says Carl Kelley pleaded guilty to the murder charge Tuesday in Craighead County Circuit Court.

Kelley will be sentenced Jan. 4, when prosecutors say they’ll recommend a sentence of 35 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Kelley drove a gunman to the home of his son-in-law, Marc Despain, and let the gunman inside to kill Despain last year.

The gunman, Terrance Barker, previously pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Kelley’s daughter and Despain’s widow, Michelle Despain, has also been charged in her husband’s death. She’s slated to go on trial for capital murder in February.

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Ran2133 says... December 4, 2012 at 4:06 p.m.

Thirty-five years is not enough time for a planned murder even though it was carried out by another person. This person, in conjunction with his daughter, planned this killing for the life insurance money and other property. Both appeared to be involved in the hiring of the actual culprit who carried it out. That doesn't make them any less guilty. Neither of them should ever see the world outside of a prison cell; actually both should be executed!

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4carl2c says... December 4, 2012 at 7:28 p.m.

I think I'll start bein' sweeter to the in-laws !!!!!

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