Justin Thornton

A 22-year-old Lincoln County was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 35 years after he was convicted of capital murder, abuse of a corpse, theft, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Justin Thornton was convicted of the September 29, 2011 shooting death of 22-year-old Kwame Turner of Star City.

Turner, who died of a gunshot wound to the head, was shot at Thornton’s home on Boston Road then taken to Brooklyn Road east of Star City where his body was discovered the following day by a Lincoln County Road Department employee who was grading the road.

A witnesses reported seeing Turner’s car at Thornton’s house the previous night and hearing a gunshot around 8:30 p.m. Another witness reported seeing Turner’s car backed up to the back door of Thornton’s house the night of the shooting.

Investigators found Turner’s blood in Thornton’s home and there was evidence that efforts had been made to clean up the blood.

Turner’s car was located near a Pine Bluff apartment complex where Thornton had spent time recently. Turner’s blood was found on the in the trunk of the car.

Thornton was arrested on October 1, 2011 after he was found registered under another name at a Pine Bluff motel.