LOCKPORT, NY - The teen accused of killing five-year-old Isabella Tennant has pled guilty to her murder
John Robert Freeman, Jr, 17, pled guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in Niagara County Court Wednesday.
Freeman killed Tennant last August while she was staying with her great-grandmother in Niagara Falls. Her body was later found in a garbage tote near her great-grandmother's home. Freeman was acquainted with Tennant's family.
Because he pled guilty, Freeman faces at least 20 years to life in prison when he is sentenced September 5, 2013.
Tennant's mother, Crystal Walker, issued this statement regarding the guilty plea:
"The pain of losing my daughter will never subside. She was my best friend and my everything. I still feel as though I'm living someone else's life. I'm glad he finally pleaded out instead of dragging this out any longer."
Another suspect, Tyler Scott Best, 19, led police to Tennant's body. Best is accused of helping Freeman move Tennant's body. Police do not believe Best was involved in her death.