Former Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Murder

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BENTON COUNTY, Ark. — A former Gateway police chief pleaded guilty in a murder case on Monday morning. 

Grant Hardin, 48, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. 

He was arrested after killing 59-year-old James Appleton, shooting him in the head. Appleton was well-known locally as a volunteer firefighter.

Originally facing a capital murder charge, Hardin agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced charge of first-degree murder. As part of the plea deal, Hardin was given 30 years plus 10 suspended. 

After the deal was accepted by a judge, Hardin said, “I just want to say I’m sorry.” His attorney said Hardin is aware he ruined two families. 

The judge ordered Hardin to have no contact with the Appleton family.

For more information on the shooting, click here.

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