Plea Ends West Fork Bomb Plot

Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.

— A man recruited by a West Fork woman who plotted to blow up her ex-husband with a homemade pipe bomb pleaded guilty to an attempted battery charge Tuesday.

Andrew Cox, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree battery, a felony. Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay sentenced Cox to three years probation and fined him $1,000. Cox initially was charged with felony criminal use of a prohibited weapon.

Shirley Ann Mugley, 41, pleaded guilty in early July to conspiracy to commit capital murder, possession of a destructive device and criminal use of a prohibited weapon. Lindsay sentenced Mugley to 40 years for all three charges at the Arkansas Department of Correction with 22 years suspended. She was given credit for 82 days jail time served.