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Kenneth Osburn pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the August 2006 strangulation death of Casey Crowder, a Pine Bluff teen whose body was discovered with a zip tie around her neck near a drainage canal east of Dumas a week after she ran out of gas on U.S. 65.

Osburn was sentenced to 40 years in prison, a 30-year sentence for murder and a 10-year sentence for kidnapping.

Osburn, who was originally sentenced to life in prison in 2008, was granted a new trial after his original conviction was overturned on appeal.

At his January 2008 trial Osburn was convicted of capital murder and kidnapping and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. However, the Arkansas Supreme Court in a June 2009 split decision overturned the conviction and remanded the case to Ashley County for a new trial.

The Court said Osburn’s rights were violated when the 10th Judicial District Circuit Court failed to suppress statements he made to investigators after invoking his right to speak to an attorney.

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