HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A 15 year-old boy pleaded guilty to the murder of a retired Hawkins County teacher today, according to Third Judicial District Attorney General Dan Armstrong.
Armstrong confirms Kyle Wolfe pleaded guilty to second-degree murder today and will receive a 25-year sentence as part of a plea deal in adult court.
Investigators arrested the teen in November 2015, six months after the death of 79-year-old Margaret Sliger outside her home in Mooresburg.
Wolfe had maintained he shot a gun twice in the direction of her house, but has refused to say much else, Armstrong said. The district attorney said investigators believe Wolfe moved Sliger’s body after he shot her. Sliger suffered two gunshot wounds to the head, according to Armstrong.
According to Armstrong, Wolfe lived on a farm that bordered Sliger’s property. He was 14 at the time of the crime.
DNA evidence found on the inside waistband of Sliger’s pants linked Wolfe to the case, according to court records.
Wolfe’s attorney Mark Stapleton would not comment about a possible motive, but said the teen is remorseful, that he used his grandfather’s gun to commit the crime and that he and Sliger were close. Stapleton says Wolfe was punished for the crime and will now have a chance at rehabilitation.
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