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Jefferey Todd Wooderson (mug shot GCSO)
A Springfield man who led authorities from Taney County and Arkansas state police on a chase in the stolen SUV of a dead man will die in prison for the murder of his roommate.

Jefferey Todd Wooderson, 43, pleaded guilty today (11-7-11) to first-degree murder for beating 57 year-old Gary Russell to death with a golf club as he slept in the home the two men shared sometime around March, 20, 2010. 

Springfield police were called to the 1700 block of East Florida Street on March 21st by family members of Russell who discovered him dead after not hearing from him for several days.

Authorities believe Russell had been dead several days before his body was found.

Wooderson was charged in Arkansas with aggravated assault, theft and driving while intoxicated and felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to a total of 14 years on all the charges there.
The only sentences available on a first-degree murder conviction are either life in prison with out the possibility of parole or the death penalty.