Andrew Judd Elrod, the accused in the December shooting death of a Conway man, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and second-degree battery on Oct. 7 in Faulkner County Circuit Court.
Elrod, 58, originally faced charges of first-degree murder and second-degree battery, and was scheduled for trial Nov. 18-19 before Circuit Judge Ed Clawson.
Elrod was sentenced to 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison for pleading guilty to second-degree battery. The sentences will run consecutively, court documents show.
Elrod also received a four-year suspended sentence with his second-degree battery plea.
Elrod was accused of shooting Charles Hooten, 39, and Hooten’s fiancé, Debbie Ford, 47, on Dec. 14 outside of his residence at 55 Buddy Lane.
Hooten was found dead from a fatal gunshot wound, and Ford was flown via air ambulance to UAMS where she was treated for multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.
Ford died July 7 after being taken to the Conway Regional Medical Center emergency room.
Faulkner County Coroner Patrick Moore said Ford underwent extensive emergency surgery following the shooting, which resulted in multiple rehabilitation stints, and was most recently released June 28.
Moore said he was unaware of the exact reason that caused Ford to be taken to the emergency room, but believed she began to feel bad and decided to go for treatment.
Prosecutors had ordered an autopsy of Ford’s death, but the results were never announced in court, records show.
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