WESTMINSTER, Colo. — The man accused of killing a 19-year-old Pueblo woman then dumping her body in a dumpster pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and sexual exploitation of a child on Friday, the Adams County District Attorney’s Office said.
The plea stipulates Christopher Waide will be sentenced to 48 years in prison for the stabbing and strangling death of Lea Porter in his Westminster apartment last year.
Police said Waide confessed to killing Porter, who was a high school friend of his.
Porter’s stepfather, Michael Jackson, said last year, “He said that he stabbed her, strangled her and put her in a trash bag and put her in the dumpster.”
Investigators searched a landfill in Commerce City to try to recover Porter’s remains, but Porter’s sister said Friday the body has never been recovered.
Porter went missing in early June 2014 and Waide posted on Facebook asking for help in finding her.
But Jackson said Porter rejected Waide’s romantic advances.