Suspect in Megan Maxwell's murder takes reduced charge in deal

Suspect in Megan Maxwell's murder takes reduced charge in plea deal

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Jeffrey Lee Stock (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office) Jeffrey Lee Stock (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Office)
Megan Maxwell (source: family) Megan Maxwell (source: family)
"It's been hard, very hard, but we decided we had to be strong for Megan. This is what Megan wants. This is her day," said Lisa Maxwell, Megan's mother. "It's been hard, very hard, but we decided we had to be strong for Megan. This is what Megan wants. This is her day," said Lisa Maxwell, Megan's mother.
Jeffrey Lee Stock took a plea bargain deal in exchange for admitting to the 2009 murder and rape of Megan Maxwell. Jeffrey Lee Stock took a plea bargain deal in exchange for admitting to the 2009 murder and rape of Megan Maxwell.

NEWPORT (WATE) - The man accused of killing a Newport teen and dumping her body in rural Cocke County in 2009 pleaded guilty Wednesday to lesser charges.

Jeffrey Lee Stock took a plea bargain deal in exchange for admitting to the murder and rape of Megan Maxwell.

Stock was charged with first degree murder. The charge was reduced to second degree murder. He was given a sentence of 18 years. He was also given ten years for the arson and thief charges, which will be served concurrently.

Stock's father, Terry Stock, had been charged as an accessory after the fact in Maxwell's slaying. His charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Maxwell, 19, went missing on April 26, 2009. Her burnt car was found soon afterwards near Del Rio. It wasn't until November 2010 when her remains were found about five miles from that location by a man walking his dogs.

Lisa Maxwell, Megan's mother, was in court to give a victim's impact statement during the hearing.

Before the hearing Lisa Maxwell told 6 News the opportunity to face Stock in court made her nervous, but she was glad to finally be able to do that.

"It's been hard, very hard, but we decided we had to be strong for Megan. This is what Megan wants. This is her day," she said.

Jeffrey Stock did not show any emotion during the hearing. He interrupted Maxwell and several other family members when they were reading their victim's impact statements.

In one outburst when Lisa Maxwell was on the stand he said, "I hope you and the people sitting over there get drug rehab."

Megan Maxwell's best friend Hollie Lane spoke up when it was her turn.

"This is Megan's day, not yours," said Lane, "Do not speak another word to me."

Megan's family says they were prepared for a trial and were only contacted two days ago that a plea deal was on the table.

"I'm not happy at all with how this was presented to us," said Maxwell.

Maxwell was told they did not feel they had enough evidence to convict in a trial, and that this was the only sure way to give Stock prison time.

"I think we were very mislead," said Maxwell. "It seemed like they were so ready."

"We are not pleased with the amount of time," said Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes. "You're putting a sexual predator back out in the community in 14 years."

Megan's family said they are not scared about Stock being released and are just glad to have this chapter in the ordeal over.

"This has been an absolute nightmare and it's not over," said Maxwell. "We're going to try our best to get on, because that is what we have to do."

At Milano's restaurant in Newport, Megan's story is well known.

"Small town. Everybody knows everybody. When something like this happens, everybody tries to pull together. They wanted justice," said server Marcie Smith.

Not everyone was happy with the sentence.

"I think he should have to serve life in prison and not be able to get out," said Unalee Holt, a life-long resident.

People we spoke with say their prayers for Megan's loved ones will continue.

"My heart goes out to the family. God bless them and I hope that peace is brought to them," said Stacy Kimbrough.

Stock was arrested while serving a 72-month sentence at a federal penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to Tennessee.

The federal charges followed a conviction of sex crimes involving two teenage girls in Indiana.

6 News Reporter JOSH AULT and 6 News Reporter/Anchor JILL MCNEAL contributed to this report.

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