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Pendergraft Receives Life Sentence For Pisgah Inn Murder – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 3/2/2020 at 2:48pm

Derek Shawn Pendergraft, 22, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for the murder of his 29-year-old coworker Sara Ellis at the Pisgah Inn in 2018.

“When a life is cut short at the hands of another individual, no prison sentence is ever long enough to make things right for the victim’s loved ones,” said Andrew Murray, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. “(Thursday’s) sentence will not bring back Sara to her family and friends who miss her and think about her every day, but it is my sincere hope that everyone impacted by this heinous crime can find...

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