Ex-husband pleads guilty in Fort Campbell soldier’s slaying

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP/WKRN) – A Fort Campbell soldier has admitted to having his ex-wife killed and to helping hide her body. 

Sgt. Jamal Williams-McCray entered into a plea agreement during a hearing Wednesday at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. Williams-McCray pleaded guilty to charges including premeditated murder in the death of Pfc. Shadow McClaine. In exchange, he won’t face the death penalty. 

Another soldier, Spc. Charles Robinson III, pleaded guilty previously to charges including murder in the case and was sentenced to 25 years. Robinson said McClaine’s ex-husband offered to pay him $10,000 to kill her and help hide the body. 

McClaine disappeared in September 2016. Her remains were found the following January and flown home to Yuba City, California.

McClaine’s mother, London Wegrzyn, says the family is “glad we are getting justice finally.” 

A Fort Campbell spokesperson released the following statement to News 2: 

“A court-martial session concluded late Friday in a Fort Campbell courtroom in the case of U.S. v. Sgt. Jamal Williams-McCray.  A military judge sentenced Williams-McCray to life with the possibility of parole.  However, in accordance with a pre-trial agreement, the convening authority limited his sentence to 75 years.  In addition, Williams-McCray was reduced in grade to E1, dishonorably discharged, and had all pay and allowances forfeited.”

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