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Stepfather pleads guilty to strangling teen

Posted March 23, 2009 12:39 p.m. EDT
Updated December 10, 2009 4:06 p.m. EST

— The stepfather of a Northern High School student pleaded guilty Thursday to strangling the girl in March.

The beaten and burned body of Mylin Bullock, 16, was found in a dirt parking lot off Old Oxford and Snow Hill roads on March 21.

Jeffrey H. Gist, 33, of Durham, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Bullock's death. He told investigators that he had strangled his stepdaughter, put her body in a Dodge Stratus and drove to some woods, where he dumped the body.

Gist was sentenced to 18 to 23 years in prison.