Teen sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to murder

Daniel Pate pleaded guilty Friday to second degree murder with a firearm. (WJHG/WECP)

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A teenager has pleaded guilty to murdering his uncle.

Friday, Daniel Joseph Pate, 17, pleaded guilty to second degree murder with a firearm and battery in a county jail or detention facility.

In November 2017, Michael Pate drove to meet Daniel at his home in Jackson County. They say the men argued and Daniel shot Michael with a hunting rifle while Michael was still in his vehicle. Daniel then moved Michael's body out of the vehicle and took the car.

Daniel called his father who told him to call 911 and turn himself in. Daniel called and confessed to the crime and turned himself in at the Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Pate was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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