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VB man to serve life in prison

A Van Buren man will serve life in prison after being convicted Thursday of 11 counts of rape of two girls.

After several days of trial beginning Monday, a jury found Earl Delmar Pigg, 49, guilty on all rape counts and 1 count of interference with custody, said Crawford County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Presley.

Pigg was sentenced to serve 11 consecutive life sentences plus 10 years and a $10,000 fine, Presley said. He was convicted of raping two victims under the age of 14, Presley said.

Pigg was first arrested in January 2012 for the rape of a 13-year-old girl, but was later charged with 24 counts of rape involving two minor females.

His latest arrest came Aug. 13, 2012 after he crashed his motorcycle while Van Buren police chased him.

Pigg was treated at a Fort Smith hospital after he crashed his 2001 Honda Shadow Cruiser motorcycle in the 500 block of North 24th Street in Van Buren during a chase in which two detectives with the Van Buren Police Department were attempting to apprehend him.

Detectives were trying to arrest Pigg on a warrant for the 24 rape counts. He had been under investigation for allegations of rape since July 2012.

After Pigg crashed, he was hospitalized and then booked into the county jail.

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