Thursday, June 14, 2012

Little Rock, AR: Arkansas man sentenced to 60 years in prison for strangulation death of girlfriend

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Pulaski County Circuit Court judge has sentenced a Little Rock man to 60 years in prison in the death of his girlfriend.

Kevin Brown pleaded guilty this week to first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reported in Thursday's editions that authorities arrested Brown the day after Roshunda Bates' remains were found near Sweet Home in March 2010. She had been strangled and her throat was cut.

Prosecutors say he told investigators he killed Bates because she had given him AIDS, but neither of them had the disease.

State doctors initially diagnosed Brown as psychotic and later determined he had schizophrenia, but they found him competent to stand trial.

Brown apologized to Bates' family as he was led away Tuesday.


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