Facing a capital felony murder charge, Eugene Starr Jr. entered a guilty plea to a reduced count of manslaughter and possession of a firearm by certain persons in Phillips County Circuit Court Tuesday. Starr was charged with the July 25, 2011 shooting death of Devin Williams.
Williams was shot inside his vehicle on Cleburne and South Baringo on July 25, 2011. Starr, along with accomplices Lakeithon Moody and Levante Cortez-Adams reportedly shot Williams with an AK47 and .380 caliber guns.
Starr entered a plea statement in which Circuit Judge L.T. Simes noted that the defendant freely and voluntarily entered a guilty plea and waived his constitutional right to a trial by jury.
Manslaughter is a Class C felony and the firearms charge is a Class B felony.
Simes informed Starr that he could face three to 30 years for manslaughter and five to 40 years for firearm possession.
The state recommended 30 years in state Department of Corrections for the charge of manslaughter and 12 years for possession of a firearm with credit for time served. According to defense attorney Danny Glover, Starr has already been incarcerated for 22 months.
Simes ruled in the state's favor recommendation that Starr to be transported back to the Brickey's Unit to serve out his sentences, which are to run consecutively.