Woman pleads guilty in slaying of 94-year-old
MORRISTOWN, TN. (AP) - A woman has pleaded guilty in the kidnapping and beating death of a 94-year-old man in Hamblen County .
The Citizen Tribune reports 25-year-old Jessica Lane on Friday pleaded guilty to criminal responsibility for facilitation of felony murder and criminal responsibility for aggravated kidnapping in the death of Willie Lee Morgan, whose left hand was also severed. Lane was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
A medical examination determined Morgan died of asphyxiation and dehydration in January 2008 after being pistol whipped and tied to a chair.
Police say Morgan was being held for ransom after drug dealers accused a young man who lived with him of stealing from them.
Darrell Nance pleaded guilty to felony first-degree murder in the case in March 2010. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Information from: Citizen Tribune, http://www.citizentribune.com
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