July 15, 2009 Edition

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Imboden man sentenced
to 25 years in wife's death

Gretchen Hunt

A Lawrence County man was sentenced to 25 years at the Arkansas Department of Correction on Friday in connection with the death of his wife in July of 2008.

Michael Dewayne Hodges, 44, of Imboden was facing a charge of first-degree murder and was expected to appear in court on July 27.

In a plea agreement filed in the Lawrence County Circuit Clerk's Office by Circuit Judge Harold Erwin on Friday, Hodges pled guilty to manslaughter, a class C felony.

Hodges was arrested a year ago today, July 15, 2008, after his wife died on July 12, 2008. At the time of the arrest, Lawrence County Sheriff Dan Ellison said that witness testimony, along with an autopsy that revealed extensive internal injuries, led to an arrest warrant being issued.

Hodges was issued a $500,000 bond by Judge Larry Hayes and has remained incarcerated in the county jail since his arrest. He received 360 days credit on his sentence for that time.

Hodges was also assessed $160 in court costs and a $250 DNA fee.

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