15-year-old pleads guilty to murdering Hawkins County woman

Kyle Wolfe (source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)

MOORESBURG (WATE) – A 15-year-old has pleaded guilty in adult court to shooting a Hawkins County woman to death at her home in 2015.

 Margaret J. Sliger, 79 (Source: WJHL)
Margaret J. Sliger, 79 (Source: WJHL)

Kyle Wolfe pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Margaret Jack Sliger. Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson says the teen accepted the maximum penalty of 25 years in state prison, but will remain in the Hawkins County jail until his 16th birthday next month.

Sliger was found murdered in her backyard in May 2015. Investigators arrested Wolfe in November, six months later.

WJHL reports Wolfe had maintained he shot a gun twice in the direction of her house, but has refused to say much else. Sliger suffered two gunshot wounds to the head, according to District Attorney General Dan Armstrong.

According to Armstrong, Wolfe lived on a farm that bordered Sliger’s property. He was 14 at the time of the crime.

DNA evidence found on the inside waistband of Sliger’s pants linked Wolfe to the case, according to court records.

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