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.
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.