• Dennis McCaslin

Paris man who murdered grandfather and local woman gets 70-year sentence on plea deal



A 25-year-old Paris man who was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, felony arson, aggravated armed robbery, and theft of property in 2020 will be going away for a long time after a plea bargain in Sebastian County Circuit Court on Thursday.


Johnathan Carrol Massey was arrested on January 30, 2020 after two burned bodies were found outside a home in Greenwood. Massey was initially arrested after being pulled over in Booneville in a white pickup truck stolen from the scene of the killings.


The victims were identified as Carroll Wayne Elmore, 67, and Sharon Diane Bernard, 55. Elmore was Massey's grandfather. Elmore and Bernard were in a relationship. Massey was charged with the killings on February 5th, 2020.


On Thursday, Massey was sentenced to 70 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections as well as ten years suspended. He was also ordered to have no contact with the families of either of the victims except for his mother. He was also ordered to have no offensive contact with his mother.


Massey, who has been in the Sebastian County Detention Center since January 30, 2020 was also given credit for time served.






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