Guilford County, NC -- A man who has been in jail for more than 1800 days pleaded guilty to charges of murder in a Rockingham County Courtroom Friday. Stacey M. Webster pleaded guilty to the murder of Jonathan Lanier Blackwell.
Blackwell disappeared on October 7, 2004. He was last seen leaving his job at Goodyear Plant in Danville, VA. The last person to hear from him was his mother, Mary Blackwell. Blackwells' car was found burned in Pittsylvania County, VA on October 16, 2004.
On December 15, 2006, investigators got a tip about a body near the Rockingham County, Guilford County line of Highway 29. The body was positively identified as Blackwell's the next day.
Shortly after, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office issued a murder warrant for Stacy Maurice Webster. Webster turned himself in to authorities a few days later. At that time, Webster was working as an independent contractor.
Almost fours years later to the day of finding Blackwells' body, Stacy M. Webster stood before Judge Gregory and pleaded Guilty to second degree murder in Blackwell's death. Judge Gregory sentenced Webster to a maximum of 197 months and a minimum of 156 months. Webster was giving credit for his 1830 days served while awaiting trial.
The NC Department of Corrections had officers in the courtroom to transport Webster to prison after he was sentenced.
We contacted Blackwell's mother, Mary Blackwell. When asked about the sentencing of Webster, Blackwell said she didn't believe the punishment fit the crime.
WFMY News 2