40-year sentence imposed after best interest plea to murder charge

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- A West Tennessee man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison on his "best interest" plea in the kidnapping and killing of a Henderson woman.

Marcus Thompson pleaded to charges of facilitation of first-degree murder, facilitation of aggravated kidnapping and facilitation of tampering with evidence, according to The Jackson Sun.

The Alford plea Thompson entered last week does not admit guilty, but acknowledges the state likely has sufficient evidence to convict a suspect at trial.

Thompson was indicted in the shooting death of 61-year-old Carolyn Ward, who was kidnapped outside a Henderson grocery store in March 2009.

A co-defendant, John Freeland, was convicted and sentenced to death. Another suspect, Tashundra Mosley, cut a plea deal and would have testified against Thompson.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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