By Jan Morgan - email
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY, AR (KSLA) - A man scheduled to go on trial for the murder of an Ashdown, Arkansas car salesman, changed his mind about the trial and decided to plead guilty. On his way out of the courtroom, he talked with KSLA News 12 Videographer Fred Gamble about his change of heart and what happens next.
Six months ago, police say car dealer Mike Snead called 911 from a business. By the time police arrived, Snead was dead. He had been shot to death. A vehicle stolen from the scene was discovered wrecked about a mile from the business.
Victor Threadgill was arrested and charged with first degree murder for that crime. He was prepared to go to trial next week but over the weeked, that plan changed. Monday in court, Threadgill plead guilty to first degree murder and in exchange got 35 years in prison. Police say the victim's family may have hoped for a stiffer penalty but not having to relive the crime in court might be a relief.
On his way out of the courtroom, Threadgill talked with KSLA News 12's Fred Gamble about why he decided not to fight the case in court.
Threadgill says even though he committed the crime, he did not set out that fatefull day in January to kill anyone.