A Little Rock man charged in a 2015 Pine Bluff murder was sentenced to prison Thursday after entering a plea of guilty to the crime.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Juneau said Jermaine Bailey, 25, entered the plea before Circuit Judge Alex Guynn after a court hearing.
Bailey had been charged with first-degree murder in the July 25, 2015, shooting death of Kevin Lampkin but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Bailey also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance stemming from a separate incident in 2016 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with the sentences to run concurrently with each other.
Lampkin, 30, was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body after he was found inside a vehicle at the intersection of East Short 24th Avenue and Indiana Street.
Bailey was arrested at a house in Little Rock July 31 and, when initially questioned, said he was in Little Rock at the time of the murder and was innocent.
Pine Bluff Detective Jeremy Oswalt, the lead investigator in the case, said in a probable cause affidavit that a witness reported seeing a man underneath a carport talking on a small silver phone for several hours. The witness said he was at a different residence when he heard shots and saw the same man running with what appeared to be a plastic bag in his hand.
The witness also told police he saw the car Lampkin was in roll to a stop; when he saw the driver was unresponsive, he called 911.
A black and silver cell phone was found lying beside broken glass that appeared to have come from the window of Lampkin's vehicle, and a cell phone was found in Lampkin's lap. Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney signed a search warrant for both phones, and the phone belonging to Lampkin showed a number of text messages from a phone belonging to Bailey.
When Bailey was questioned about the phone, he said it belonged to his sister.
Regarding the drug charge, Bailey was arrested in Altheimer by a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy who was patrolling the area when he saw a vehicle parked in a vacant lot that appeared to be unoccupied. A closer check of the vehicle showed Bailey, who was sitting low in the seat. When Bailey opened the door, the deputy saw in plain sight a prescription pill bottle with no label that contained crack cocaine.