September 1, 2014

20-year-old pleads no contest in murder of McCook teen-ager

A 20-year-old has pleaded no contest to a charge of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 14-year-old Kailee Clapp of McCook.

The Attorney General’s office reports that Stathis Kirkpatrick faces the possibility of a life sentence.

“This horrifying crime rocked the town of McCook. Under the guise of friendship, Mr. Kirkpatrick lured Kailee from her home, murdered her and burned her body,” said Attorney General Jon Bruning in a written statement issued by his office. “Today’s plea ensures he will face justice and will never again be allowed to terrorize this community.”

Kailee Clapp was reported missing on January 21, 2011, according to the Attorney General’s office. Later that night, law enforcement discovered her burned body at the Bartley Cemetery.

Sentencing for Kirkpatrick is set for November 20, 2012.