FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Central Arkansas man was sentenced Wednesday (Sept. 25) to 20 years in prison for killing a man last New Year’s Day on Dickson Street.
A Washington County Circuit Court jury found Christopher Rankin, 25, of Sherwood guilty of second-degree murder.
Fayetteville police said Rankin shot Trenton Coney after a fight in the parking lot of Arsaga’s at the Depot around 12:20 a.m. on Jan 1, 2019.
Rankin was speaking with a woman in the parking lot when Coney walked up to check on her, which upset Rankin, police said.
Rankin then pulled out a gun and pointed it at Coney. After exchanging a few words, Ranking put the gun back in his jacket and the two started fighting.
Police said Coney fell down during the fight, and Rankin shot him in the chest while standing over him.
Coney, 22, died at the hospital.
Rankin ran off after the shooting but was found a short time later.