Arkansas teen going to prison after pleading guilty to murder

posted by Maverick -

A very sad story comes to a very sad ending. Not sure where her life went off the rails, but she will have a decade to spend in prison at least.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Anastasia Roberts, 19, of Conway was solemn but composed as she pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts each of first-degree murder and theft by receiving in the July 2015 shooting deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell, both 66, of Conway.

Earlier, Roberts had taken the witness stand, where she answered attorney's questions with "Yes, sir" and "No, sir," never elaborating. She pursed her lips and took deep breaths but did not cry.

Circuit Judge Troy Braswell accepted the state's recommendation and, as part of a negotiated agreement, sentenced Roberts to 15 years in prison, plus 20 years that will be under suspended imposition. The earliest she could be released would be in 10½ years. Even then, if she gets in trouble with the law again, she could face the 20 additional years in prison.

"Two people were taken" from this world and "didn't deserve what they got," Braswell told Roberts. He said he hopes she thinks about the murders every day.

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