Kamp sentenced to 39 years in death of Kate Waring

Heather Kamp in court on Tuesday. (John Gaddy/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The woman who pled guilty but mentally ill in the 2009 death of Kate Waring was sentenced to 39 years on Tuesday.

On March 21, Heather Kamp pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder, forgery and obstruction of justice in the 2009 case that made national headlines.

Waring went missing in June 2009 and her remains were found four months later in a wooded area on Wadmalaw Island. According to Kamp, she led private investigators to the remains. Heather Kamp and Ethan Mack were both charged in connection to her disappearance and death.

Kamp's guilty plea came after she lost her chance at a plea deal she violated. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Kamp lied during the process of the investigation. Wilson told the jury during the Ethan Mack trial that Kamp would not get off the hook and would pay for her crimes.

Before Judge J.C. Nicholson Tuesday, Kamp said she was not the mastermind behind the murder.

"I don't want them to think that lowly of me because that is not what I was about. I went with something and I will take responsibility for that and I am so very sorry," Kamp said.

Mack was sentenced to 25 years in prison on March 31 in connection to Waring's death after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

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