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Sentence means killer will spend rest of his life in prison

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POSTED: August 21, 2013 10:36 a.m.

Kenneth William Lumpkin, 43, pleaded guilty Monday to felony murder and kidnapping with the commission of bodily injury to another person in the September 2010 strangulation death of Lori Arrowood.
Atlantic Judicial Circuit Judge Paul Rose presided over the hearing at the Long County Courthouse. As part of the negotiated plea deal, three charges were dropped — one count each of malice murder, aggravated assault and concealing the death of another person.
Lumpkin, a former corrections officer at the Liberty County Jail, was sentenced to two life imprisonments, which will run concurrently, without the possibility of parole. He also waived his right to an appeal and avoided the possibility of being sentenced to death.  
District Attorney Tom Durden said that the sentencing structure ensures Lumpkin will remain in jail for the rest of his life.
The only witness to testify during the hearing was Statesboro Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Tracy Sands, who told Rose that during his investigation into Arrowood’s death, Lumpkin admitted to him that he killed the Long County woman. According to Sands, Lumpkin said that on the day of Arrowood’s death, the two got into an argument, and he forced Arrowood out of her vehicle. Lumpkin said he strangled her to death, dragged her into the woods and covered her with grass. The agent also said that Arrowood sustained injuries to her eye, a busted lip and internal hemorrhaging.
After Sands stepped down from the witness chair, Rose asked Lumpkin whether Sands’ account of the events was correct. Lumpkin said that it was, and Rose asked Lumpkin to tell the court, in his own words, what happened on the day of Arrowood’s death. Lumpkin’s description of the crime matched Sands’, and Rose — assured that Lumpkin understood his admission of guilt — accepted the negotiated plea and handed down a sentence.
After sentencing, Lumpkin was handcuffed by Long County Sheriff’s Officer Lt. Jimmy Middleton and escorted out of court.
Arrowood was reported missing from her John Wells Road home Sept. 25, 2010. After a communitywide search for the woman, her body was found a few days later in a wooded area near Tower Road. Lumpkin, who reportedly was an acquaintance of Arrowood’s, had been doing some handiwork for her on the day she went missing. Before his arrest, Lumpkin had been a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office employee for 14 years. Arrowood was 42 at the time of her death.


 

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