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Arkansan pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl

By Rachel Herzog

This article was originally published January 17, 2018 at 4:02 p.m. Updated January 18, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Christopher Thornsberry

A 29-year-old Arkansan was sentenced to 55 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a teen in 2015, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Christopher Allen Thornsberry also pleaded guilty to two counts of terroristic threatening and was charged as a habitual offender, according to the newspaper.

The Centerton resident was reportedly arrested in October 2015 on assault charge, then later admitted in court to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

The other charges are linked to a November 2015 incident in which Thornsberry, then a Benton County inmate, threatened to slit the throats of two Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville nurses trying to care for him, the newspaper reported.

The 29-year-old will have to serve 15 years before he is eligible for parole and must abide by a six-year suspended sentence agreement when he is released.

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DEE672 says... January 17, 2018 at 5:10 p.m.

Now let me get this straight : this rapist of a child gets a sentence of 55 yrs but can get out in 15 yrs ????????

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tngilmer says... January 17, 2018 at 11:09 p.m.

Arkansas really needs to up its game. This offense in TN would have to be served at 85% before eligibility for parole.

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LRDawg says... January 18, 2018 at 4:17 p.m.

Dee thats called "justice" here in Arkansas. Ruin a childs life and get a slap on the wrist. If not our prisons would be filled with people who look like him. Alot of these guys only get probation....surprising to actually see a prison sentence handed down

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