- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - An East Texas man has pleaded guilty in the death of a man who went missing and was found three weeks later in the woods.

Twenty-eight-year-old Shane Hadnot of Jasper pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to possessing with intent to distribute cocaine. Prosecutors say the cocaine killed 28-year-old Alfred Wright, who went missing on Nov. 7, 2013 after his truck broke down.

Wright’s mostly-nude body was found disfigured three weeks later about a mile from where he was last seen south of Hemphill. Wright’s family says he was murdered and law enforcement officers bungled their search.

Prosecutors say Wright’s blood had traces of cocaine and other drugs. They say animals and insects damaged his body.

Hadnot faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.


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