A Magnolia man whose son was convicted for murder two weeks ago in the May 2018 Columbia Rd. 30 homicide of 28-year-old Jenika Rankin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating the conditions of his probation.
The term was handed down Thursday by Circuit Judge David W. Talley Jr., after 60-year-old Charles Wayne McBride of Magnolia pleaded true to revocation. He is the father of Keith D. McBride of Magnolia, who on Jan. 23 was sentenced to 99 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, after a bench trial in Columbia County Circuit Court, according to ADC records. The younger McBride was found guilty of shooting and killing Rankin on May 11, 2018, at his father’s 2520 Columbia Rd. 30 residence. The 38-year-old was also classified as a habitual offender, according to court records.
Keith was sentenced to 60 years for first-degree murder, 15 years for felony with a firearm, 12-years for possession of a firearm by certain person, and another 12 years for probation revocation associated with previous possession of firearm by certain persons convictions. According to ADC inmate records, he is parole-transfer eligible in November 2078.
Charles was a defense witness in the January bench trial. The father was also charged with aggravated assault on a family-household member and intimidating a witness, but those counts were dropped Thursday by the state before sentencing.
The elder McBride has been an inmate at the Columbia County Detention Center since June 19, 2018. The state recommended that Charles serve “no additional time” for sentencing on the revocation, but the judge, in a break from most instances, issued his own sentence for the 60-year-old. The probation revocation charge was linked to a 2017 conviction for domestic batter-second degree. For that, Talley handed down the maximum, 10-year prison term applicable for the Class C felony.
The judge issued the sentence after questioning the defendant during his pleading. He asked how the .22 caliber rifle that Keith used in the homicide ended up at the County Rd. 30 home, since Charles, as conditions of probation, was not allowed to be around firearms.
“It was in the shed when I moved in,” he said.
The elder McBride, who rented the 1,232 square-foot Columbia Rd. 30 home, also claimed he never saw his son with “that” gone, but that is was on the home property for around two years.
The defendant was also asked why he was associating with so many convicted felons and drug users during the time of the May 2018 murder. According to the Judge, Keith and Rankin, as well as Paul McBride — Charles’ brother — and an associate of the father, Kimberly Wise, had all stayed at or frequented the home around time of the incident and were all convicted felons.
“Did you know they were doing drugs at that house,” Talley asked.
To which the 60-year-old answered, “No, I didn’t know that.”
Charles also claimed that none of the other felons at the home were permanent residents. He said of Wise, knowing he was not to associate with her: “We’ve just been together for so long.”
During questioning, Charles’ attorney, Jessica Yarbrough, informed the court that her client was a working, “productive citizen of society” before being arrested last year, that he would follow court orders if released, and that he was truthful in the bench trial of his son. Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Phillips agreed that the defendant’s testimony and description of the May 11, 2018, events were in line with police evidence in the case.
“It was pretty consistent with the other facts that we had,” he said.
After hearing from both sides, as well as the defendant himself, Talley issued the 10-year sentence and gave his reasoning for doing so.
“There would be a good chance Ms. Rankin would not be dead today had you followed the terms and conditions of your probation,” he said.
The judge also issued a 15-year SIS term for a residential burglary conviction associated with the revocation.
After the term was handed down, Yarbrough requested Charles’ eight months previous of jail time be credited to his sentence. But the judge informed her that since his days spent in the county detention center were associated only with the 2018 charges the state elected not to pursue, and not the revocation counts for which he pleaded true, no jail credit would be issued.
“He was incarcerated in the substantive case, not on this case,” the judge added.