SEGROVES GUILTY OF RAPE
Jonesboro, Arkansas. Martin Lilly and James Turnbow—deputy prosecuting attorneys—prosecuted 64-year-old Ross Leon Segroves, Jr. for the 2019 rape of a woman. After a two-day trial, a Craighead County jury Thursday found Segroves guilty of rape. And Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Segroves to ten years’ imprisonment.
On 4 December 2019, an unnamed victim reported to the Jonesboro Police Department that she believed that Segroves gave her a “spiked” drink which caused her to become unconscious. She woke up, and Segroves was on top of her, penetrating her vagina with his penis. She told him to stop, but he didn’t. Jonesboro City Police arrested and charged Segroves with rape.
Lilly thanked the Jonesboro Police Department for their investigation and quick action, the Prosecuting Attorney’s staff for helping bring this matter to trial, and the jurors for their service. Prosecuting Attorney Keith L. Chrestman praised the deputy prosecutors: “Lilly has once again made clear that Craighead County won’t tolerate violent crime. And Turnbow—one of our newest attorneys—has straightaway shown that he’s a real asset in our efforts to make this community safer. I’m thankful for their service.”