A Bentonville, AR television reporter has been sentenced to three days in jail after being found in contempt of court for recording a hearing in a murder case.
Nkiruka Omeronye, a reporter for Nexstar duopoly KNWA/KFTA admitted in court to audio recording the Oct. 7 proceedings in a hearing in Mauricio Torres’ capital murder case.
Omeronge said she recorded the proceedings only for note taking purposes to ensure accuracy and never intended to broadcast it.
She worked at stations in St. Paul and Phoenix where reporters were allowed to audio record in courtrooms, she testified.
Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren entered an order in June prohibiting recording of any kind in his courtroom.
He also has a sign on the front door to his courtroom that warns against using any electronic device to record any court proceedings. There are three other similar signs in the lobby area.
Omeronge said she didn’t see the signs.
The judge wasn’t hearing any excuses and placed her on six months probation and ordered her to serve 10 days in the Benton County jail.
He suspended seven of the days, which means she will have to serve three days.
She’ll start serving her sentence today.