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story.lead_photo.caption 25-year-old Tommy Lee Trosper

SEARCY — A northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the slaying of an elderly World War II veteran.

The Daily Citizen reported that 25-year-old Tommy Lee Trosper pleaded guilty Monday in White County Circuit Court to first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the April abduction of 91-year-old Edward Franklin Vaughn.

Trosper's plea deal reduces a capital murder charge to a first-degree charge. He'll also receive 286 days of jail credit.

Vaughn reported April 10 he was kidnapped and assaulted by two men inquiring about a vehicle he was selling. He was transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

James Don Miller has also been charged in the case. The 22-year-old is being held at the White County jail without bail.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • LRDawg
    January 23, 2018 at 2:53 p.m.

    GenMac, jaywalking???

  • tngilmer
    January 23, 2018 at 3:44 p.m.

    Not enough time. This is what happens when the DA is either too lazy or cowardly to take a case to trial.

  • ZeebronZ
    January 23, 2018 at 5:04 p.m.

    Scum of the earth. This is why we have a death sentence. Get a rope.

  • gagewatcher
    January 23, 2018 at 7:58 p.m.

    why was he allowed to plea ? don't we have enough serum for lethal injection ?

  • ArmyMedic
    January 23, 2018 at 9:15 p.m.

    Why is he still breathing? Sad deal, He got only 40 yrs. for killing a GREAT man. The Prosecutor sold that Veteran OUT for a POS of a human being.