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Gordon guilty of first-degree murder

Friday, July 15, 2011 ~ Updated 1:37 PM

Richard Gordon is lead away by Arkansas Highway Patrol troopers Thursday, July 14, after being found guilty of first-degree murder.
After 12 hours of hearing testimony and deliberating Thursday, July 14, a Stone County Circuit Court jury found Richard Gordon, of Viola, guilty of first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

"You are no longer a threat to society and, for that, we can all be thankful," Denise Clifton said directly to Gordon before the jury went back behind closed doors to determine Gordon's sentence.

Clifton is the wife of victim Joseph Clifton, 32, who Gordon shot to death in September 2009. The Cliftons and Gordon had been in a dispute over a gate the Cliftons installed across the road to their home.

Before the guilty verdict.
"I don't agree with the verdict," Gordon, who claimed he shot Clifton in self defense, told the jury during the sentencing phase. "I am not surprised at the verdict because, quite frankly, I made a lot of mistakes and Joseph Clifton wound up dead."

The jury quickly gave Gordon the maximum allowed, sentencing him to life in prison for first-degree murder and 15 additional years for using a firearm in the murder.

Gordon was retried in Mountain View after a Fulton County jury deadlocked in his first trial in September 2010.

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