Grundy County man gets 40 years in brother-in-law slaying

photo Shawn Landolt enters a Grundy County courtroom during an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing on homicide charges.

Arkansas-Memphis Live Blog

A guilty plea from a Grundy County man charged in the 2008 slaying of his brother-in-law netted him a 40-year prison sentence.

Shawn Ray Landolt, 30, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Grundy resident Jeremy Michael Meeks, according to court records. Landolt originally was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson.

Assistant District Attorney Steve Strain said the sentence, handed down recently by Circuit Court Judge J. Curtis Smith, is the result of an agreement with Landolt that allowed him to plead guilty to lesser offenses that would have been considered by a jury in a first-degree murder trial.