Miller Co. man pleads guilty to murdering 13-year-old girl

3 years 6 months 2 days ago Friday, November 21 2014 Nov 21, 2014 Friday, November 21, 2014 2:48:00 PM CST November 21, 2014 in News
By: Kaitlin Rounds, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and The Associated Press

LEBANON - A Miller County man accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl pleaded guilty to murder Friday afternoon in a Laclede County courtroom. The case was moved from Miller County where it originated. 

The judge recommended a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Steven Neal Henderson previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June death of Macala Shelton.

Shelton was the subject of a Missouri State Highway Patrol endangered person advisory after being reported missing by family members in June. Her body was found in a heavily-wooded area on June 23.

[Editor's note: updated to reflect the most recent information available.]

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