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Arkansas man guilty in death of estranged wife; told police 'if he couldn't have her, no one could,' affidavit says

By Kenneth Heard

This article was published April 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.


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The estranged husband of a Greene County grocery store clerk who was fatally shot in December 2015 pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her, 2nd Judicial Circuit Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said.

Charles Quintana, 59, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and robbery in the Dec. 23, 2015, slaying of his wife, Stacy Quintana. Circuit Judge Brent Davis sentenced Quintana to 50 years in prison.

He is the fourth suspect to plead guilty in the case, Ellington said.

Earlier, Stacey Keplinger, 37, of Leachville and Darrel Swan, 54, of Paragould each pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and each received an 80-year sentence in prison. Tracy Stone, 45, of Paragould pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Stacy Quintana was shot and killed at Lorado Grocery about 12 miles north of Jonesboro in what police first believed was an attempted robbery. Authorities arrested Keplinger moments after the shooting as she walked along Arkansas 168 about a mile from the grocery store.

Affidavits filed in Greene County Circuit Court indicate Keplinger went to the store the morning of Dec. 23, 2015, and forced Stacy Quintana and Aaron Carter, a delivery driver from Conway, into her car. Police later found Quintana's body inside the car. She had been shot with a 9mm handgun. Carter said Keplinger pointed the weapon at him, but it jammed when she tried to shoot him.

Keplinger slashed Carter's neck with a knife, but it did not require medical treatment, authorities said.

During an interview with police, Charles Quintana admitted to planning the slaying of his wife and provided the weapon Keplinger used to kill her.

Quintana told police his wife had left him and "if he couldn't have her, no one could," the affidavit indicated.

State Desk on 04/21/2017

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Vickie55 says... April 21, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.

Sadly, that is a common mindset in the redneck northeast corner of the state.

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hurricane46 says... April 21, 2017 at 9:50 a.m.

What an idiot, hope he rots in prison.

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YoungHog says... April 21, 2017 at 12:44 p.m.

I just want to know what titleist has to say.. He does not comment on crimes by his on sect.. ~so it seems

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titleist10 says... April 21, 2017 at 4:03 p.m.

Can't comment on ALL crimes do just commit on the MOST reported

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Packman says... April 21, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.

Hey Younghog - You really don't want to go there. The data shows on a per capital basis blacks are many times more likely to be involved in domestic violence than whites. Just a fact younghog, just a fact.

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LR1955 says... April 21, 2017 at 6:42 p.m.

Hey little pig, don't you have any thoughts of your own?

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