JONESBORO — A Poinsett County man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to his involvement in a fatal beating.
William Moon, 34, of Trumann, was initially charged with the second-degree murder of Steven McQuay, 56, of Jonesboro. Police found McQuay dead in September 2019 in the bed of Moon’s truck parked near a home in the 4700 block of Samantha Avenue, according to the probable cause affidavit.
At a residence on Craighead 625, a witness told the Jonesboro Police Department that Moon and McQuay fought over a meth pipe, the sworn document read. The victim, armed with a screwdriver, was first knocked to the ground and then beaten by Moon, who “would not let it go.”
“At one point, Moon was said to have gotten an object out of the back of the truck and struck McQuay in the head, with it knocking him out,” JPD reported. “(The witness) said after McQuay was down Moon kicked him in the face and body several times.”
A female witness was asked to call 911 but she ordered Moon and the other men to leave, the affidavit indicates. With the assistance of the male witness, Moon then loaded the victim in the back of the truck and drove to Samantha Avenue.
The male witness called for medical assistance, where his deceased body was found, the affidavit states.
As part of a negotiated plea, Moon’s murder charge was reduced to manslaughter, court documents show. A decade in the Arkansas Department of Corrections is the maximum sentence allowed under state penal code.
After his time in state prison, a 10-year suspended sentence will be imposed, sentencing documents read. Over a year spent in the Craighead County Detention Center will be credited toward his state sentence.
As of Thursday afternoon, Moon was still being held in the county jail.