- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

YORK, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by a York County man to back out of a guilty plea he made earlier this year.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported (https://bit.ly/2eAOMkv) the 23-year-old John Coddington of Fort Mill pleaded guilty to murder in the death of 32-year-old Tiffany Williams.

Coddington pleaded guilty Aug. 31 to beating Williams to death at his condominium late last year. Police said he took her body to Chester County and burned it in a barrel in an attempt to hide the crime.

He was sentenced to 45 years in prison as part of a plea deal to avoid a possible death sentence.

Coddington wanted to back out of the plea agreement but the Court of Appeals rejected that request.

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Information from: The Herald, https://www.heraldonline.com

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