MORGANTON, NC (WJZY) - Timothy Hal Edwards will serve six to nine years in prison for his role in the concealment of a body, according to court officials.
Edwards, 38, of Morganton, pleaded guilty to the charge during Burke County Superior Court on Monday, May 9, 2016, and was issued his active prison sentence by the Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County.
Edwards will serve his prison term in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.
Edwards was involved with concealing the body of 39-year-old Leslie Renee Hensley after she was accidentally shot and killed in his presence by Michael Lee Shuping, 27, in April 2015.
He and Shuping dumped Hensley’s body down an embankment off a dirt road in Rutherford County. Shuping later confessed to the shooting and led investigators to the body, implicating Edwards for his role. Edwards also confessed his involvement to law enforcement officers.
Shuping pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and concealing a death during Burke County Superior Court last week, and was given a sentence of 10 to 14 years in prison for those charges.
Stephen Ritchie and Rodney Norman of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case with assistance from Agents Charlie Morris and Rob Powers of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Frank Webster handled prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office.