Two sentenced in 2012 Unicoi Co. murder case

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UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Timothy Pate and Whitney Harris were found guilty in the death of Lonnie Townsend in December 2015.

Townsend’s body was found wrapped in a carpet and in Unicoi County in May 2012.

Pate was found guilty of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the case.

Harris pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. A murder charge against her was dismissed.

On Friday, Pate was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Harris also was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison with the possibility of parole.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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