Thursday, 20 September 2007 19:46
23-year-old Kyle Triplett pleaded guilty yesterday 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.