In a joint press release by the Monticello Police Department and 10th District Prosecutors Office, a Pine Bluff man was found guilty last week by a Drew County jury of Manslaughter and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree after being arrested by MPD.
Jarvis Dillard, age 34, of Pine Bluff was arrested after recklessly driving his vehicle backwards through a local parking lot last year, damaging multiple vehicles and striking an elderly woman as she was loading groceries. The elderly lady succumbed to her injuries.
The jury found Dillard guilty of Manslaughter and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and sentenced him to 30 years for the Manslaughter and 15 for Criminal Mischief. Dillard is currently serving a 20 year sentence for previous charges in another jurisdiction in conjunction with the sentence handed down by the jury last week.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy Prosector Frank Spain, who said “I’d like to thank the jury for their careful consideration of the evidence and the Monticello Police Department for their outstanding response and investigation into this matter”