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Robert Friar

Robert Friar

Newport, Ark. — A Jackson County jury of six men and six women Wednesday found Robert Reese Friar guilty of the murder of Tacquari Briggs.
Friar, 37, of Newport, was found guilty of the charge of Capital Murder in the Feb. 27, 2013 shooting death of Tacquari Briggs, 20 months old, as she lay in bed with her mother, Delana Aquirre and her brother, Jarviyon Benneth. Briggs was struck by one bullet which traveled through her heart and lung killing her. Aquirre was struck by three bullets and survived the shooting. Friar was convicted of two counts of Attempted Capital Murder for shooting Aquirre in close proximity to Benneth.
The conviction was announced this afternoon by Henry Boyce, prosecuting attorney for the 3rd Judicial District.
In the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2015, Robert Friar stood outside the bedroom window of Delana Aquirre and fired seven shots at the bedroom window. Prosecutors argued the shooting was motivated by jealousy. Six shots entered the residence and one struck the outside window sill. For the seven bullets shot Friar was convicted of seven counts of committing a Terroristic Act.
After approximately three hours of deliberation the jury found Friar guilty and sentenced Friar to the following charges: One count of Capital Murder – Sentence Life without Parole; two Ccunts of Attempted Capital Murder – Sentence 50 years; and seven counts of Committing a Terroristic Act – Sentence 115 years. The jury recommended all sentences to be served consecutively for a total of Life in Prison without parole plus 165 years.
Boyce said, “This was an extremely violent crime which involved 16 witnesses and eight days of trial. The jury’s verdict hopefully sends a message that gun violence will not be tolerated in the Third District.”
Friar had been paroled in August 2011 from a McLean County, Ill., conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. In May 2008 he had been given a seven-year sentence.
Prior to that, he had been convicted six times between 1996 and 2006 for various offenses in Lake County, Ill.

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