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Prairie Grove Woman Sentenced to Life for Murder

WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR -- A Prairie Grove woman will serve life in prison for her role in the beating death of a man.
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, AR -- A Prairie Grove woman will serve life in prison for her role in the beating death of a man.  The sentence was handed down Thursday morning.

Jurors found Heather Swain guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon in circuit court, just hours after the trial wrapped. Jury selection began Monday morning in the case against her.

Swain was charged as an accomplice in the December 2012 death of Ronnie Lee Bradley near Prairie Grove. Bradley's body was was found in the driveway of a home in southwest Washington County.  Police later determined Swain along with three others had driven him around, beating him up earlier that night before leaving him in the driveway.

Two others accused in the murder, Timothy and Anthony Swinford, pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.




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