AG Hawley Announces Consecutive Life Sentences Plus 177 Years for Barry County Double Murderer

Sep 7, 2018, 14:09 PM
Sep 7, 2018, 14:07 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Barry County Circuit Judge Jack Goodman sentenced double murderer Christopher Paschall to two consecutive life sentences for murder in the first degree, plus a combined 177 years, which will also run consecutively, for three counts of armed criminal action and parental kidnapping. The sentence follows a September 28, 2017, jury finding that Paschall, 40, of Springdale, Arkansas, was guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree, parental kidnapping, and three counts of armed criminal action following a four-day trial.

On January 5, 2015, the defendant shot and killed the mother of his children and her grandfather while kidnapping his two-year-old daughter. At no point in the proceedings did the defendant ever acknowledge his responsibility for the deaths of Casey Brace and her grandfather, Herbert Townsend. After suffering several gunshot wounds, including one to his forehead, Townsend was able to name his assailant before succumbing to his injuries. Thanks to quick investigative efforts, authorities found Paschall with his two-year old daughter in Arkansas just hours after the slayings.

Assistant Attorney General Steven Kretzer argued at sentencing that Paschall showed no remorse following these heinous acts. Due to Paschall’s actions following the murders, combined with the calculated cold hearted callous nature of the killings, the AGO recommended the strongest sentence possible.

“This sentencing sends a clear message,” Hawley said. “Violent and heinous crimes of this nature will not be tolerated in Missouri.”

The case was tried by Assistant Attorney Generals Steven M. Kretzer and Travis Lillie alongside Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Boxx with assistance from AGO Investigator David Southard following the investigative and cooperative efforts of the Barry County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Springdale, Arkansas Police Department.