Suspect in 2012 murder enters plea to crime

One of two men accused in the shooting death of another man last year was sentenced to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to the crime.

Samuel Mosby had been charged with capital murder in the April 7 shooting death of Devan Ward, 21, who was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the neck at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

In a deal worked out with prosecutors and his attorney Gene McKissic, Mosby entered the plea to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis sentenced him to 10 years in prison, to run concurrently with a probation violation.

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. Police determined that the car had been reported stolen in Little Rock in March, and Mosby was identified as a suspect.

When police went to Mosby’s residence to question him, he initially denied any involvement, and investigators received a tip and went back where they found a handgun believed to be the murder weapon after Mosby’s mother gave them permission to search.

Mosby had been set for trial Tuesday and if he had been found guilty of capital murder, would have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Deputy Prosecutors Bryan Achorn and Jill Reed represented the state during the plea.

A second suspect in the case, Deandre Brown, who was arrested about a month after Mosby, is scheduled for trial later.