Two of three woman who had been charged with murder in a 2012 incident have pleaded guilty to reduced charges and were sentenced to prison Thursday.
Ruthie Green, 57, and Kateisa Green, 35, pleaded guilty to burglary Tuesday. Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt Jr. delayed sentencing for two days to allow the women to settle their affairs.
On Thursday, Wyatt sentenced both women to eight years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and prosecutors agreed to dismiss the murder charge, as well as a firearms enhancement that could have resulted in an additional prison sentence of up to 15 years if the women had been convicted of murder.
The two women, along with Benetta Green, then 29, had been charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 16, 2012, shooting death of Edward Weston, 54, who was shot during an altercation with the women inside Weston’s house at 1609 Bois D’Arc St. Weston was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a probable-cause affidavit that was presented when the women appeared in court Nov. 19, 2012, the three women broke into Weston’s house and he was fighting with Ruthie Green and Kateisa Green when Benetta Green fired at least one shot at Weston, striking him in the chest.
Police reported that Weston also had a gunshot wound to the arm and police recovered two shell casings at the scene.
Weston allegedly had broken a window on a vehicle belonging to Ruthie Green and also allegedly set a trampoline on fire, and the three women had walked to Weston’s house to confront him about it, according to police reports.
Benetta Green is still charged with first-degree murder. She had been set for trial Thursday but that trial was continued and is now tentatively set for April in Second Division Circuit Court with Wyatt presiding.
Little Rock attorneys Hal Cook and Richard Mays represented Ruthie Green and Kateisa Green and Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed represented the state during the sentencing.