SC man who chained woman in container for months pleads guilty to killing 7

SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) –  A man who admitted killing seven people over nearly 13 years in South Carolina while running a successful real estate business has pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder and a number of other charges.

Todd Kohlhepp has accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for life without parole. Prosecutors could have sought the death penalty against Kohlhepp, who was arrested in November after investigators rescued a woman chained inside a container on his property for more than two months.

Kohlhepp admitted killing four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003 after becoming enraged by something the shop owner said. He also killed a husband and wife doing work on his Spartanburg County property in 2015 and the boyfriend of the woman chained in the container.


SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) – A man charged with killing seven people over a 13-year period in South Carolina is heading to court.

Prosecutors told the victims’ families to be in court in Spartanburg County on Friday morning but did not say what the hearing involving Todd Kohlhepp would be about.

Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Spartanburg, S.C.. Kohlhepp, a 45-year-old registered sex offender with a previous kidnapping conviction, appeared at a bond hearing Friday on a kidnapping charge in connection to a woman being found chained inside a storage container on a property in Woodruff, S.C. More charges will be filed later, the prosecutor told the court. (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP)


Authorities say Kohlhepp was arrested in November after investigators checking on a cell phone ping in a missing couple case found a woman chained inside a shipping container on Kohlhepp’s property.

Deputies say the woman told them Kohlhepp killed her boyfriend two months before. Authorities say Kohlhepp also killed a couple he hired to do work on his property in 2015 and four workers at a motorcycle shop in 2003.

The 44-year-old built a successful real estate business in South Carolina.

In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 photo, police search a field on property owned by Todd Kohlhepp where a missing woman was found chained up in a large storage container in Woodruff, S.C. (Lauren Petracca/The Greenville News via AP)

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