Misskelley was arrested in connection to the murders on June 3, 1993. He confessed to the murders, which inculpated the other two accused. Under the "Bruton rule", his confession could not be admitted against his co-defendants and thus he was tried separately. Misskelley was convicted by a jury of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. The court sentenced him to life plus 40 years in prison. His conviction was appealed and affirmed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. As of 2009, Misskelley remains in prison.