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