Stabbing his mother to death in August 2021 has resulted in a Bald Knob 26-year-old being sentenced to 40 years in prison. Another 20 years were tacked on for also attempting to kill his father.
The case against Jacob Seth Varnell officially was closed this week after Varnell pleaded guilty April 6 in White County Circuit Court to class Y felony first-degree murder and class Y felony attempted capital murder. The murder charge was reduced from capital murder in a negotiated deal. He also pleaded guilty to class Y felony terroristic act and class A felony criminal attempt to commit murder from a June 2020 shooting, receiving 20-year sentences for each to run concurrently with his other prison terms in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
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