Nathaniel Lee pleads guilty to murder of teenager

Nathaniel Lee pleads guilty to murder of teenager

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GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - A Littleton man arrested two years ago in the murder of a Sardis High School teenager pleaded guilty to Friday to murder.

Nathaniel Wayne Lee, 22, entered guilty pleas Friday to felony charges of murder and abuse of a corpse, according to a statement issued by Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp.  The guilty pleas relate to the death of 15-year-old Jeffery Blake Stone who disappeared in March 2008. His body was found in a freezer in Lee's house a few months later.

As part of Friday's guilty plea, Lee was sentenced to 30 years in prison and waived his right to appeal his conviction and sentence.

Harp said in the statement he was pleased Lee finally admitted his guilt and was sentenced to a term of years that, for parole eligibility purposes, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections, amounts to a life sentence.

"Since this was not a capital case the death penalty was not available in this case," Harp said. "The importance of the plea to the family was that Lee waived any right to appeal and the State would not need any testimony from the co-defendant to convict Lee."

Lee was one of two men charged in Stone's murder. The other, Troy Andrew Smiley, also of Littleton, was also arrested in 2008 in connection with Stone's murder.

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