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Carteret County woman pleads guilty to killing great-aunt

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Rhonda Hagan entering court Tuesday morning. Rhonda Hagan entering court Tuesday morning.
Phyllis Williams in court Tuesday morning. Phyllis Williams in court Tuesday morning.
BEAUFORT, N.C. - A Carteret County woman, accused of killing her great-aunt, pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday.

Deputies say Rhonda Hagan killed her great-aunt, 90-year-old Goldie Hall, in September of 2012 after a dispute over money. Deputies say Hagan dumped hall's body in the woods, set her house on fire, then called 911 to report the fire.

Hagan pled guilty Tuesday to four felony charges: first degree murder, larceny, concealing the death of a person and second degree arson. She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    
Hagan's mother, 64-year-old Phyllis Williams, is also charged in the case after deputies say she helped Hagan cover up the murder. Williams pled guilty to three charges. Williams was placed on 60 months probation. She'll also be under electronic monitoring for 2 years and must pay a $5,000 fine. She was also ordered to pay, as part of restitution, the costs of the investigation which were estimated at $21,000. 

"We are pleased that Mrs. Hagan has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and will spend the rest of her life in prison. She took advantage of the generosity of Mrs. Hall, who helped her in her time of need. Mrs. Hall loaned Hagan money to keep her out of prison and now Hagan is going to prison for the murder of Mrs Hall.," said District Attorney Scott Thomas. "There were so many other ways Ms. Hagan could have chosen to handle this situation, but she chose to kill her great-aunt, set her house on fire, and dump her body in the woods. Life in prison without the possibility of parole means Ms. Hagan will live the rest of her life behind bars."

Members of Goldie Hall’s family provided a victim impact statement, written by her nephew, which read in part: “My Aunt Goldie was the last of twelve brothers and sisters from a farm off of Merrimon Rd here in Carteret County. My Aunt was a kind and loving person as evidenced by her loaning Rhonda’s mother Phyllis the money to keep Rhonda out of jail from a previous conviction. I hope that Rhonda’s punishment will stop something like this from ever happening again so that kind people will keep doing kind things for others."

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