McLeod Admits To 1998 Murder, Sentenced To Life

After eight years, one of the two men accused of killing a Jackson County man pleaded guilty. Now Wesley Charles McLeod Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison.

McLeod admitted in court to killing Robert Pope in February of 1998. McLeod and Walter Ray Payne, Jr. are accused of robbing and shooting Pope.

The case remained unsolved for years until Jackson County Sheriff's investigators linked McLeod and Payne through a cross taken from Pope during the robbery.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence says this has case was a matter of justice that was long denied.

"I am glad that they received the justice they wanted. It scares me that there are people out here in the community who care so little about the value of human life, and kill and cause all this pain," Lawrence said.

On Monday, McLeod also apologized to the Pope family for his crime.