- Associated Press - Sunday, January 15, 2017

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - A Leachville woman has pleaded guilty to killing a rural grocery store manager in northeast Arkansas.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington told reporters that 31-year-old Stacy Keplinger pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder and attempted murder and was sentenced to a total of 80 years in prison. Ellington said Keplinger also has agreed to testify against co-defendants Charles Quintana and Darrel Eugene Swan in the case.

A phone call to Keplinger’s attorney was not answered on Sunday.

Keplinger was charged in the Dec. 23, 2015, shooting death of Stacy Quintana and the attempted shooting of a delivery truck driver at Lorado Grocery in Greene County.

Prosecutors say Charles Quintana is the ex-husband of the victim and masterminded the shooting and that Swan drove Keplinger to the store. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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