Burke pleads guilty
A Newton man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
Jonathan Caleb Burke, 31, of Newton, was charged with reckless driving, felony hit and run and second-degree murder after he hit and killed Tammy Wallis, 29, of Newton. Wallis was killed as she walked to her mailbox in September 2008.
Burke was offered a plea agreement that consolidated his reckless driving and felony hit-and-run charges into the second-degree murder charge.
Superior Court Judge Robert C. Ervin sentenced Burke to 132-168 months in North Carolina Department of Corrections for the murder charge and an additional 12 months for a driving while impaired charge.
Burke tearfully apologized to Wallis' mother, Susan Scherer, who was in the courtroom Tuesday.