Marty Champlin of Walnut Ridge accepted a negotiated plea agreement in October for his involvement in a 2020 accident that claimed the life of 20 year old Shelby Plumley of Pocahontas according to court documents.
Champlin received a 12 month suspended sentence and a fine that was approved by both Judge Rob Ratton and 3rd Judicial Prosecutor Devon Holder.
Shelby Plumley was killed on November 2, 2020 when the vehicle she was driving, a 2019 Chevrolet SUV was struck head-on by a 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by Marty Champlin (age 51 at the time of the accident) of Walnut Ridge.
The accident occurred at 9:45 am on Hwy 63 near Sedgwick. Conditions were clear and dry. The Arkansas State Police report states that Champlin was traveling northbound when he crossed over into the far right southbound lane striking Plumley’s vehicle.
The report states that Champlin was also injured in the accident and transported to a Jonesboro hospital.
Champlin was originally booked on charges of misdemeanor negligent homicide but was convicted of 2nd degree criminal mischief in a negotiated plea according to court documents.