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.