James Riley Jr. has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in connection with the March 21, 2008 shooting death of Charlie Robinson and has been sentenced to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

James Riley Jr. has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in connection with the March 21, 2008 shooting death of Charlie Robinson and has been sentenced to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
     Riley, who was originally charged with capital murder, faced first-degree murder when his trial began Wednesday in Phillips County Circuit Court. He agreed to the lesser charge of second-degree murder. Circuit Judge Richard Proctor sentenced him to 20 years in the DOC.
    Riley pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting of Robinson on the parking lot in front of a laundrymat at the Twin City Shopping Center in Helena-West Helena.
   Proctor denied several motions by defense attorney Jimmie Wilson to suppress testimony and to forestall the start of the trial.
   Four other murder trials are pending during this term of circuit court.
   They include Raphael Walker, Tommy Fulcher, Casey Grant and Dorothy Brown.
   The Anthony Barnes murder case has been continued to the November term of court.
   Three negligent homicide cases are also on the docket carried over from a previous term of court.
   They include Jason Boyer, Marshall Fyer and Sylvan Fluker.
   In one other criminal case this week, Dorthia Douglas pleaded guilty to furnishing prohibited items to inmates. The items could include firearms or drugs.
   Proctor placed Douglas on five years probation with three years supervised. She will be under go 50 hours of community service.