Sentencing for man who pleaded guilty to 2006 murder

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A man who pleaded guilty to a 2006 murder learns his fate.

Police say Tony Ray Tackett killed Margaret Hall and left her body on an abandoned strip mine.

Margaret Hall's family says they have fought for justice for the past five years. Thursday, they got what they wanted.

Tony Ray Tackett pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to prison.

“I'm just glad it's over. We can now get on with our lives and not have to worry about what's going to take place. So I think it's closure,” Pete Wilson said.

Margaret Hall disappeared in March of 2006.

Her body was found weeks later on an abandoned strip mine in Floyd County.

Police say she was raped and strangled.

The judge sentenced Tackett to 25 years in prison.

“We just feel like we got justice, justice has been served,” Wilson said.

More than five years after she was killed, Margaret Hall's family says they can finally rest knowing her alleged killer is going to prison.

“I think she can rest now, knowing that her killer has been captured and going to be put away for 25 years. In my heart, I know she is looking down on us and thanking us for following this through,” Wilson said.

The family says they are pleased with the sentence.

Tackett received credit for the several years time already served.

Tackett was originally facing rape and unlawful imprisonment charges.

His plea deal dropped those in exchange for the guilty plea to murder.

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