PARAGOULD, AR – Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announces that a jury in Paragould, AR found Heath Mabry, 51, guilty of six counts of Rape, each a Y felony.
His co-defendant in the case, Clarissa Cooley, previously pleaded guilty to Rape and received 35 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. She also testified against Mabry at trial.
The victim in the case was a juvenile.
The three-day trial concluded yesterday with the jury, consisting of five men and seven women, recommending that Mabry be sentenced to six terms of life in prison at the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Judge Barbara Halsey agreed with the jury’s sentencing recommendation.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Adam Butler and Robert Thompson prosecuted the cases for the State of Arkansas.
District Prosecuting Attorney Ellington said, “I want to thank Deputy Prosecutors Adam Butler and Robert Thompson for their incredible work ethic and pursuit of justice in this case. I also want to thank Lieutenant Rhonda Thomas, Jack Hailey and the Paragould Police Department for their sharp investigation. Lastly, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the jurors that saw this case through. Cases like this are extremely emotionally challenging, and I want them to know how much we appreciate their service.”