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Missouri man found guilty in Arkansas farmer’s murder

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A Missouri man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Thursday after a Mississippi County Circuit Court jury found him guilty in the fatal shooting of an Arkansas farmer. The shooting happened in October 2016 during an altercation over dicamba drift.

It took less than an hour for the jury to find Curtis Jones, 27, of Arbyrd, Missouri guilty of second-degree murder and an enhanced weapons charge.

Prosecutors said Jones shot Mike Wallace, 55, of Monette, Arkansas seven times Oct. 27, 2016 after Wallace had called Jones earlier that day about drifting dicamba that Jones had sprayed on a field near Wallace’s.

On Thursday evening the judge granted a $50,000 appeal bond, where Jones can remain free as long as the case is being appealed to either the Arkansas Supreme Court or the Arkansas Court of Appeals. 

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