The Cumberland County man who was charged in the shooting death of a local woman and then set the stage to appear that the death appeared to be suicide pleaded guilty in Criminal Court Monday and was sentenced to eight years in prison at 30 percent.

Christopher J. Gilleland, 21, Hidden Hollow Circle, was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence, but pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a sentencing agreement reached between his attorney, Douglas Fields of Crossville, and Assistant District Attorney Gary McKenzie, and accepted by Judge David Patterson.

His plea came one year to the week that he was arrested for the slaying that went unsolved for over a year.

He pleaded to the shooting death of Samantha Jean Hall, 21, who was found dead in her Drew Howard Rd. home near Fairfield Glade on April 5, 2004. She had been shot once in the head.

The indictment charged Gilleland with placing the murder weapon in the victim's hand to make it appear that the death had been a suicide. Investigators were suspicious but unable to produce enough to prosecute anyway at the time and the case became what is considered a "cold case." It was later assigned to Sheriff's Investigator David Gibson and District Attorney General's Office Investigator Terry Hembree.

The two worked on the case for a year before charges were brought.