GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Christopher Shockley entered a guilty plea Wednesday afternoon to the 2010 murder of Tonya Michelle Turnmire. Police say Turnmire disappeared in June of 2010 after she left her job at a Boaz store.
Shockley, who lived with Turnmire, was the prime suspect in the case and during his third interview with police he confessed. He told police where they could find Turnmire's body in Etowah County.
The judge sentenced Shockley to 40 years in prison. During the sentencing he told Turnmire's family he was sorry. Her family told WHNT News 19, they hope he was telling the truth.
"In a way I did," said Kathryn Hanson, Turnmire's mother. "I hope he was telling from within his heart that he is sorry. "