BURDETTE – A Mississippi County Circuit court jury took 20 minutes to convict a Blytheville man of first-degree murder in the 2019 fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced Wednesday.
The six-man, six-woman jury found Eric Bragg, 39, guilty of killing Brittany Sims, 26, in their Hearn Street home in western Blytheville on Feb. 19, 2019. Police said the Bragg accused Sims of having an affair and shot her in an upstairs bedroom.
When Sims fell, Bragg then shot her twice in the back of the head, Ellington said.
The Mississippi County jury took 32 minutes to recommend punishment. Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer sentenced Bragg to 40 years in prison for the first-degree murder charge and an additional 15 years for a weapons enhancement charge and another 10 years enhancement for committing the crime in the presence of two infant children. The two enhancement sentences will be imposed after Bragg serves the 40-year sentence.
“This is the quickest first-degree murder conviction returned that I can remember,” Ellington, who has served as the Second Judicial Prosecuting Attorney for 10 years. “I appreciate the hard work and all the hours Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Curtis Walker and Gina Knight put during the pandemic to prepare this case so jurors could deliberate so quickly. It is remarkable they were out for only a short time.”