Gary Paul Henley (Photo: Arkansas Department of Corrections)
WELDON, Ark. (KTHV) - An Arkansas man has been sentenced to 70 years in the murder of two Jackson County residents.
According to Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry H. Boyce, Gary Paul Henley, 43, of Weldon was sentenced Tuesday by Circuit Judge Harold Erwin in Jackson County Court.
Henley was sentenced to 35 years on two separate counts of Murder in the First Degree stemming from the deaths of 45-year-old Steven Lynn Bridgman and 48-year-old Ina Lynn Bridgman Sept. 21, 2010.
Judge Erwin has ordered the convictions to run consecutively for 70 years. Henley will be 90 years old before he is considered eligible for parole.
According to court documents, the Bridgemans were discovered dead with multiple gunshot wounds. Henley said he was attacked by the Bridgmans and shot them in self -defense.
Investigators say Henley and the Bridgman's had argued about the use of a house and property owned by Stephen Bridgman's mother. The Bridgemans were Hensely's aunt and uncle.
Investigators said that Henley later admitted to shooting the Bridgemans and trying to clean up the crime scene.