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Arkansas man pleads no contest to manslaughter

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EL DORADO, Ar., (KNOE 8 News) - An Arkansas inmate serving time on a drug conviction has pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the 1999 death of his estranged wife.

Johnny Frank Evans Jr. pleaded no contest this past week to manslaughter in the death of Mary Newman-Evans. It's being reported that Evans received a 10-year sentence for the plea, but the 10 year sentence is to be served at the same time as the 76-year prison term he received in 2007 for multiple drug convictions.

Mary Newman-Evans was reported missing in October 1999. Her skeletal remains were found in 2001 in Strong, Arkansas.

That case had remained unclosed until it was revisited by El Dorado police investigators in October of this year. Evans had originally been charged with first-degree murder but the charge was downgraded as part of this week's plea deal.

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