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story.lead_photo.caption Lucas McCarley, right, attends his plea hearing Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, before Circuit Judge Brent Haltom. (Photo by Texarkana Gazette)

TEXARKANA — A Texarkana man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife with his pickup was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a judge heard from his daughter about the impact her mother's death has had on her life.

Lucas Connor McCarley was sentenced to 30 years after admitting to criminally negligent homicide. In testimony Tuesday, their 11-year-old daughter said Casey McCarley will miss her children's birthdays, graduations and weddings.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Casey McCarley found her husband riding around with another woman two years ago. Investigators say she got out of her car to confront him and he ran over her with his truck while trying to get away.

McCarley argued with Circuit Judge Brent Haltom about the habitual offender enhancement on the negligent homicide charge and told the court he doesn't understand why he should receive a 30-year term.

"You're facing 66. Do you want 66?" Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell asked, referring to the maximum sentence McCarley could have received.

"No. But I don't want 30. I don't want to do any," Lucas McCarley said.

The defendant's words led members of his wife's family to gasp. Haltom advised McCarley of his right to a jury trial.

He will serve 25 years for the death, plus five more years for a probation violation on theft-related charges.

Click here to read the full story in the Texarkana Gazette.

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  • LRDawg
    January 11, 2018 at 12:19 p.m.

    Never seen a judge ask a black man how many years he wanted to do for murder. Wanna do 66 years? No. How about 30? I don't want 30 either. Ok we'll just do the minimum of 25 #whiteprivilege

  • BigSweetie
    January 11, 2018 at 1:14 p.m.

    FYI, The article states it was the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney that make the comment about the 66 years.

  • LR1955
    January 11, 2018 at 5:59 p.m.

    Some people can’t seem to read and comment accurately! #whiningdawg

  • ObieOne
    January 12, 2018 at 4:52 a.m.

    LR1955, you’re absolutely correct! There is a large “group” that only Hears what they WANT to hear as well as Read into everything what They Want it to say. They’re part of the Gemmie Gemmie Generation Of Snowflakes.

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