An Arkansas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for an April 2018 shooting at the Uncertain Inn that left his then-estranged wife injured and one man dead.
Michael Gerald Clevenger Jr., 51, of Cabot, Arkansas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of Michael Campbell of Houston and to the aggravated assault of Dianna Clevenger.
Harrison County District Judge Brad Morin approved a plea bargain, sentencing Clevenger to 40 years for each charge to be served concurrently.
With the agreement, Harrison County District Attorney Reid McCain said Clevenger waived his right to appeal the sentence.
“That was an agreement reached between our office and the defendant after consulting the victims’ families and the victim, Dianna Clevenger,” McCain said, noting the woman is now Clevenger’s ex-wife.
“It’s closure for the victim and victim’s family and hopefully gives them some closure,” McCain said.
He said a civil trial was set to begin next Monday in the case.
Dozens of the victims’ relatives attended Wednesday’s plea hearing. The mother of Campbell gave a victim impact statement, sharing how painful his death has been for her.
The murder occurred April 8, 2018. According to sheriff’s officials, Clevenger injured Dianna Clevenger and killed her friend, 47-year-old Campbell, while at the Uncertain Inn, where the victims were lodging.
Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene, while Dianna Clevenger was airlifted to a Shreveport medical center for a non-life threatening gunshot wound with injuries, Lt. Jay Webb with the sheriff’s office said at the time.
A fleeing Clevenger was apprehended in Atlanta shortly after the shooting.