Jury convicts Arkansas man in death of 90-year-old woman

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of a 90-year-old woman.               

A Craighead County jury on Friday sentenced 31-year-old Jordan Tarver of Bay to three life terms, plus 22 years, after finding him guilty earlier in the day of capital murder, kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary, abuse of a corpse, theft of property and possession of a defaced firearm in the July 3, 2015, death of Lavinda Counce of Bay.

Prosecutors allege that Tarver kidnapped and killed Counce because he wanted to know what it would feel like to kill someone. Jurors were shown a video of Tarver confessing to the slaying.               

Tarver testified that he confessed only to protect his family and that his statements were coerced.

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