A plea deal will ship an Arkansas farmer accused of raping and killing a 25-year-old girl to jail for all times. 

Quake Lewellyn pleaded responsible Friday to killing Sydney Sutherland in an effort to keep away from the loss of life penalty, Fox affiliate KLRT-TV reported. He won’t ever be eligible for parole, the information outlet mentioned. 

Supporters of Sutherland’s household packed a Newport courtroom, the place the proceedings had been moved after a decide dominated the case had garnered an excessive amount of publicity to be heard in Jackson County. 

Quake Lewellyn pleaded guilty Friday to killing Sydney Sutherland.

Quake Lewellyn pleaded responsible Friday to killing Sydney Sutherland.
(Jackson County Emergency Management and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office)

Sutherland, a nurse, was jogging on Jackson County Road 41 when she was attacked. Lewellyn advised authorities he was driving when he noticed her. He mentioned he turned his truck round after driving previous her, however may now not see her, which he attributed to mud from the gravel highway.

Lewellyn mentioned he thought he had hit Sutherland along with his truck, and believed her to be lifeless earlier than taking her physique to a rice area the place he dug a gap, took off her garments “and tried messing with her a bit.” His attorneys advised him to not elaborate when investigators pressed him.

In a sufferer impression assertion, Sutherland’s mom, Maggy Sutherland, mentioned: “She was not yours to take.”


“Satan is real,” she mentioned. “The hands you hugged me with are the same hands you killed her with.”

Fox News’ Yael Halon contributed to this report.