Arkansas woman pleads guilty to killing former lawmaker


POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has pleaded guilty to killing a former state lawmaker who was found dead from multiple stab wounds outside her home last year.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the death of former state Sen. Linda Collins.

Collins went by Collins-Smith in the Legislature. She was found dead last June outside her home in Pocahontas.

O’Donnell also pleaded guilty to one count of abuse of a corpse. O’Donnell worked on Collins’ unsuccessful reelection campaign in 2018.

O’Donnell was sentenced to 50 years in prison under a deal with prosecutors.

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