LITTLE ROCK — A Jacksonville woman charged along with her estranged husband in the slaying of a Central Arkansas real estate agent pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

LITTLE ROCK — A Jacksonville woman charged along with her estranged husband in the slaying of a Central Arkansas real estate agent pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


Crystal Lowery, 42, pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court to kidnapping and first-degree murder in the abduction and killing of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave near Cabot five days after her Sept. 25 disappearance.


Lowery had been charged, along with Arron Lewis, 34, of Jacksonville with capital murder and kidnapping, but on Tuesday, the capital murder charge against Lowery was reduced to first-degree murder as part of a negotiated plea.


Carter, who lived in Scott and was employed by Crye-Leike Realtors of North Little Rock, disappeared after going alone to show a house to Lewis. Lewis’ trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 12.


Lowery is suing Lewis for divorce.