Update: Monday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.:
A Boone County judge sentenced Angela Harvey to life in prison for her role in the 2009 murder of an Ohio drifter in Audrain County.
Harvey pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the suffocation death of James McNeely, 20.
It took more than a year, but now Angela Harvey and her husband, Chester C.J. Harvey, and their sons Chad, Ethan and Jordan Harvey have all entered guilty pleas in the murder of James McNeely.
Authorities found James McNeely TMs frozen corpse in a refrigerated tractor-trailer near Vandalia in December of 2009. Angela Harvey cut a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder to avoid a charge of first-degree murder and a possible death sentence.
Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger said, I think it TMs in the interest of justice that the plea agreement was followed. It allows some closure for the family. It also allows justice to move forward. Mrs. Harvey has been in custody since this case started and now she will move on to the department of corrections.
Prosecutors say C.J. Harvey suffocated McNeely with a trash bag while others wrapped wire around the victim TMs throat.
Prosecutors said Angela Harvey kicked and aimed a gun at James McNeely just before he was murdered. Authorities said McNeely begged for his life, but the Harvey family didn TMt listen.
Angela Harvey was sentenced to life in prison on Monday in Boone County Court. Harvey pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and kidnapping.Judge Kevin Crane sentenced Angela Harvey to life in prison for the 2nd degree murder charge, 15 years for each of the two counts of armed criminal action and 15 years for kidnapping.This sentence cannot undo what has been done, but I am thankful that the defendant will be removed from society, Attorney General Chris Koster said.The Attorney General TMs Office assisted Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger in the prosecution of this case, as well as all other cases involving the other family members.Harvey is one of five in her family accused of kidnapping and murdering 20-year-old James McNeeley in Dec. 2009.Several members of the family have pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the crime.Angela Harvey's husband Chester pleaded guilty to first degree murder charges in April. He told the court he wanted to take full responsibility for the crime. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole.Chad Harvey, Angela's oldest child, pleaded guilty in December 2010. He was sentenced to life in prison as well.The other Harvey children pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder charges.