An Arkansas farmer accused of raping and murdering a 25-year-old lady goes to jail for all times with out the potential for parole.
Quake Lewellyn will keep away from the loss of life penalty after pleading responsible Friday to the brutal slaying of Sydney Sutherland, Fox affiliate KLRT-TV reported. He won’t ever be eligible for parole.
Supporters of Sutherland’s household packed a Newport courtroom. The trial had moved there after a decide dominated the case had gotten an excessive amount of protection to be heard in Jackson County.
Sutherland, a nurse, was jogging on Jackson County Street 41 on Aug. 19, 2020 when she was attacked. Lewellyn informed police he was driving when he noticed her. He stated he turned his truck round after driving previous her, however might now not see her, which he attributed to mud from the gravel highway.
Lewellyn stated he thought he had hit Sutherland together with his truck. He claimed he thought she was lifeless earlier than taking her physique to a rice discipline the place he dug a gap, took off her garments “and tried messing together with her a bit.”
Police questioned Lewellyn once they decided he had been close to the scene the place she was final seen, and he allegedly confessed when Sutherland’s physique was discovered two days later, KRLT-TV reported final 12 months.
“Lewellyn then acknowledged that he took off her shorts and raped Sutherland, then buried her at that location,” the report stated.
In a sufferer impression assertion, Sutherland’s mom, Maggy Sutherland, stated: “She was not yours to take.”
“Devil is actual,” she stated. “The palms you hugged me with are the identical palms you killed her with.”
Maggy Sutherland spoke about her daughter in an interview final 12 months, calling Sydney her “finest pal” and the “gentle of our household’s lives.”