CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of Harrison County man.
The Exponent-Telegram reported that Clayton S. Collins, 29, also pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing a body.
A finding that Collins is a repeat offender will add five years to the murder sentence, which is up to 40 years in prison. He faces one to five years on the concealment charge. Sentencing is set for Sept. 23 in Harrison County Circuit Court.
Collins and co-defendant William B. Murray were accused of killing Thomas Ray "T.J." Blankenship, 20, of West Union, in 2012. Blankenship's body was found in a shallow grave near Arden, Barbour County.
Murray is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of first-degree murder in July.