Second suspect in 2012 homicide pleads guilty to lesser charges in case


The second suspect in the shooting death of a Pine Bluff man last year pleaded guilty to an amended charge in the case. Deaundre Brown, 20, had been charged with capital murder in the April 7, 2012 death of Devan Ward, 21, but prosecutors agreed to drop that charge in exchange for a guilty plea to a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution, a Class B felony.

Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis sentenced Brown to six years in prison, with an additional four years suspended on condition of good behavior after Brown is released.

According to the plea agreement, Brown will receive 399 days jail time credit and was ordered to have no contact with the Ward family.

Last week, the other suspect in the case, Samuel Mosby, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a reduced charge of second-degree murder, with that sentence to run concurrently with a probation violation.

Brown was arrested about a month after Mosby

Ward’s body was found inside a car that was blocking traffic in the 100 block of West 26th Avenue in the early morning hours, and police determined that the car had been reported stolen in Little Rock. He was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the neck.

The slaying was one of 19 recorded in Jefferson County last year.