Assistant principal sentenced to 1 year in prison for hit & run that injured LRPD officer


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Former Little Rock School District assistant principal Keith Hearnsberger was sentenced to one year in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for a hit and run that injured a Little Rock police officer in 2017. 

This case is from November 2017 when Keith Hearnsberger was arrested in connection with a hit and run accident that injured a police officer and the person the officer was in the process of placing under arrest.

The now former officer, Johnny Gilbert Jr. was working off-duty at an event off Ringo near Daisy Bates when he was hit by an SUV. 

In court this morning, Gilbert took the stand and spoke about what happened and all of his medical treatments and rehab therapies since then. He said since the accident in 2017 he didn’t get to go home from the hospital and therapies until July of 2018. His doctors say he was close to death due to his injuries. 

Hearnsberger’s attorney spoke on his character saying in January when his son died, Keith called to ask how he was doing. Keith also presided over his attorney’s son’s funeral service. The attorney said, “there is no winner in this case.”

Gilbert told us exclusively in February of this year that the last thing he remembers is making an arrest of a guy and everything faded to black. 

And he says his injuries forced him to retire from the police department. 

On Friday, a member of the church Hearnsberger attends, wrote a letter to the judge asking for him to be kind in the sentencing and for jail time to be avoided. 

Hearnsberger was charged with two counts of first-degree battery and one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident. 

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