Michael Neace Pleads Guilty To Stepdaughter's Murder

Michael Neace pleaded guilty to killing his teenage stepdaughter Thursday in a Montgomery County courtroom, a plea that will keep him behind bars for life.

Neace was arrested not long after Christina Woods' death in December, 2006. The 16-year-old's body was found inside a burning Mount Sterling home.

It wasn't long after her death police ruled it a murder and charged Neace with five counts including rape, sodomy, arson, tampering with physical evidence and capitol murder. Neace pleaded guilty to four of the charges.

Keen Johnson,The Commonwealth's Attorney, says the family is pleased with with the plea, and all they wanted was closure.

"The family just thought it would be the best to do it this way," Johnson said. "If it had not happened we were ready to go to trial."

Neace will be formally sentenced on April 11th.