Man sentenced for murder, concealing dead body in Saltville septic tank

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A man who entered an Alford plea last year for murder and concealing a dead body in a septic tank has received his sentence. 

A Smyth County judge sentenced Nathaniel Prewitt to 80 years, with 20 years suspended, for murder and five years for concealing a dead body. The time will be served consecutively. 

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Prewitt and Christopher Wright were arrested in 2017 after the body of 61-year-old Robert Vollmer was found in a septic tank at Vollmer’s home. Wright pleaded guilty to charges of accessory to murder after the fact, concealing the body, and illegal possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to five years. 

Investigators said Prewitt and Wright had been living with Vollmer prior to the murder. 

An Alford plea is when a defendant does not admit to the crime but acknowledges there is enough evidence to be convicted. 

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