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Arkansas woman, murder conviction overturned, pleads guilty

August 3, 2019

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A northeast Arkansas woman whose murder conviction and life in prison sentence were overturned has pleaded guilty to the charge.

Court documents show 25-year-old Tonisha Mitchell of Jonesboro pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder and robbery as part of an agreement in which she was sentenced to 35 years in prison with credit for just more than three years already served.

A plea agreement signed by Mitchell said she pleaded guilty because she is “in truth, and in fact guilty.”

Mitchell was initially convicted in 2017 in the fatal 2015 shooting of Nelson McCullough in Jonesboro. The conviction was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court because the trial was closed to the public during the testimony of Mitchell’s aunt, who said Mitchell acknowledged to her that she shot McCullough.

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