Thursday, 20 September 2007 15:24
Just as jury selection was about to continue today, 23-year-old Kyle Triplett pleaded guilty
today to killing
19-year-old Appalachian State University student Stephen Harrington. Harrington’s
body was found duct taped and smoldering in the trunk of his car on Sleepy
Hollow Lane in November of 2005. Triplett accepted a plea agreement where he
pleads guilty to all the charges, including 2nd degree murder, 1st
degree kidnapping and conspiracy to sell cocaine. In doing so, Triplett will
serve a minimum sentence of 40 years in prison without parole. Two other
suspects in the case have yet to go to trial. 22-year-old Matthew Brandon
Dalrymple and 26-year-old Neil Matthew Sargeant will also be tried in
Harrington’s death. Dalrymple agreed to testify against the other two suspects
in order to avoid the death penalty, a fate Sargeant could still face.
trial started Monday, and inside sources suggested it would be a
lengthy one. A source within the district attorney's office said they
had hoped for this outcome, but were surprised, nonetheless.