David Sparks, 25, of Garrard County is facing 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of Richmond mother Savannah Spurlock on Tuesday.
According to Garrard County court records, Sparks pleaded guilty to her murder for a sentence of 50 years, tampering with physical evidence with a sentence of five years, and abuse of a corpse with a sentence of 12 months to be served concurrently.
The documents state Sparks acted alone in the "intentionally caused death" of Spurlock, who was last seen leaving a Lexington bar with Sparks and two other men in January 2019.
Six months later, the body of Spurlock was found in a shallow grave on the property of Spark's parents, who contacted their attorney after they noticed a "foul smelling odor."
Sparks was arrested and indicted by a grand jury. In September of 2019, Sparks pleaded not guilty.
Sparks' sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 17, 2020 at 11 a.m.
He is not eligible for the death penalty.