JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A Jonesboro man has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2018 death of a woman described by prosecutors as his girlfriend.
Court documents show 40-year-old Terrance Bernard Taylor pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Shonda Gonzalez and was sentenced to 30 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
Taylor said in a signed plea that he is “guilty as charged.”
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tiarra Tanner said in a statement that Gonzalez’s family members agreed with the plea deal. Tanner said the agreement spares the family “from the emotions of a trial” that was to begin Monday.
The prosecutor’s office says Gonzalez was found dead in her home by medical personnel called to the house and that medical examiners determined she died of strangulation.