A 61-year-old drifter has pleaded guilty to killing and decapitating a young female hiker in north Georgia and was immediately sentenced to life in prison.
Gary Michael Hilton signed a plea agreement that would allow for parole after 30 year incarceration.
Hilton pleaded guilty to killing Meredith Emerson, a 24-year-old hiker who went missing while hiking in northern Georgia mountains. Hilton led police to her body.
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