New Jersey Teen Pleads Guilty Of Dumping Body Of Childhood Friend In River

On Monday, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office announced that 19-year-old Preston Taylor pleaded guilty to dumping the dead body of his childhood friend, Sarah Stern, into a river.

He entered plea at the Monmouth County Superior Courthouse to 7 counts, including robbery, hindering apprehension and disturbing or desecrating human remains.

He was not alone in killing Sarah and he agreed to testify against his other friend who was involved in the case. 19-year-old Liam McAntasney assisted Taylor in killing Sarah.

Under the plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a felony murder charge against him.

According to investigators, McAtasney choked Stern and left her for dying. There is an audio in which he confessed. He told to a witness that, “he had planned it for weeks leading up to Stern’s death.” He took Taylor’s assistance in disposing off her body.

Sarah went missing in the month of December and her dead body has not been found.

McAtasney is innocent and there is no evidence that Sarah is dead, according to his defense attorney.

McAtasney stole a huge amount of money from Sarah and he is in jail without bail.

Taylor accepted the fact on Monday in Court that he assisted McAtasney in removing Stern’s dead body from his home and later threw it over the Route 35 Bridge in Belmar.

Prosecutors said Taylor faces up to 20 years in jail.

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