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UPDATE: Kelsey Legg sentenced in connection to murder trial

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Kelsey Legg, the woman at the center of the murder trial of Kareem Hunter, was sentenced in court today.

Legg was sentenced to 5 years in prison on one count of accessory to murder.  She will also serve 1 to 3 years for the charge of concealing a dead body.  The sentences will run consecutively.

Legg will get 262 days of credit for time served.



Kelsey Legg pleaded guilty to two felonies as part of plea agreement.

Legg pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to first degree murder and aiding and abetting another person to conceal a deceased human body.  Legg faces up to eight years in prison.

Legg has agreed to identify two men she claims killed Kareem Hunter.  Legg admitted to buying cleaning supplies to help clean the murder scene.

Hunter was killed in September at Legg's Marmet apartment.  His body was found buried in a shallow grave in Raleigh County in November.

Hunter's family said they still cannot believe Kareem is gone.

"I just like people to remember him for the good-hearted person he was," said Anthony Hunter, Kareem's father.

Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants said they had to offer her a deal in order to catch the individuals who actually killed him, he said.

"Hopefully, we can building a case against the person that actually committed this murder," he said.

Legg will be sentenced April 28.  She will be released on home confinement if she is able to post bond between now and then.



A Kanawha County circuit court judge denied bond for Kelsey Legg, who is charged with kidnapping and first degree murder in the disappearance of Kareem Hunter. 

At a hearing Friday, Judge Paul Zakaib Jr. denied a motion by the defense seeking to release Legg while she awaits trial.

"I am extremely pleased with the decision the judge made not to grant her a bond," said Chasidy Wickline, Hunter's girlfriend. "That's the right thing to do, especially with no cooperation at this point and the fact we don't have Kareem's body."

This was the first time Legg appeared in court after waiving her right to a preliminary hearing last week.  Deputies allege that the suspect lured Hunter to a Marmet, WV apartment where he was murdered by others.

"I mean she didn't give him a chance, so why does she deserve a chance," said Tammie Tanner, a cousin of the victim. "So what if she finished school and had a job - at one point she went wrong."

Hunter's body has not yet been found. The victim's family packed the courtroom today, and relatives say they still have hopes that he will be found alive.

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