Moody Pleads Guilty to Drexel Murder, Gets Life Without Parole

UPDATE: The man who confessed this year to the 2009 kidnapping and murder of Brittanee Drexel has been sentenced to the rest of his life in prison.

Raymond Moody pleaded guilty at a hearing in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

The prosecution says Drexel accompanied Moody to a campsite to smoke marijuana.

Moody confessed to strangling Drexel, and eventually burying her remains at the spot where he led investigators this spring

In court, he spoke about how he was released 20 years early from a 40-year sentence in California for the rape of a 9-year-old girl.

Brittanee's mother Dawn Pleckan said the loss of her daughter has inspired her to push for tougher laws that keep sex offenders in prison.

Original story:

Brittanee Drexel's alleged killer is due in court today.

Raymond Moody will appear in court in Georgetown County, South Carolina, to answer murder, rape and kidnapping charges.

Authorities say Moody coaxed Drexel into his vehicle in Myrtle Beach during Spring Break 2009.

He then allegedly strangled her to death.

Drexel's remains were discovered in May, after Moody's confession reportedly led authorities to them.

Moody's court date was pushed back from July, because of the mountains of evidence prosecutors had to sort through

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