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story.lead_photo.caption 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
    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 ????????

  • tngilmer
    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.

  • LRDawg
    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