- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Searcy man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman and her unborn child and was sentenced to prison.

The Daily Citizen reports (https://bit.ly/1cCDnJE) that a judge sentenced 29-year-old Benjamin M. Peirce to serve 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. White County prosecutors downgraded two counts of capital murder to two counts of second-degree murder as part of a plea deal.

Peirce was charged in the April 2013 death of 34-year-old Crystal Timberlake in Bald Knob. Timberlake was four months pregnant.

Peirce was also charged with one count of attempted murder for the shooting of 48-year-old Robert Wayne Dixon. Prosecutors changed that charge to first-degree battery.

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Information from: The Daily Citizen, https://www.thedailycitizen.com/

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