Officials: Suspect in Overton case revealed location of his body in exchange for life in prison with chance for parole

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Emily Stephens, Austin Vaughn Verdi, and William Krepps were all sentenced Friday after the remains of Preston Overton were found Thursday. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Three of the people involved in the murder of one man and now the murder of Preston Overton were sentenced Friday.

Joseph William Krepps was charged with the murder of Overton on Friday on top of the charges against him for the murder of Chad Garner.

Krepps was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole as a result on top of 10 years for an armed robbery charge.

Krepps, according to officials, was given his sentence in exchange for telling investigators where Overton's body was located.

"They were directly located in the area that Mr. Krepps revealed to me yesterday that they would be," district attorney Natalie Paine said.

Prosecutors believe Garner and Overton were shot "execution style" while Krepps shot them from the back seat of a car they were all in back in June 2017.

Austin Vaughn Verdi and Emily Stephens were also charged and sentenced alongside Krepps on Friday.

Verdi and Stephens were charged with tampering with evidence. Verdi received a sentence of 6 years in confinement and 3 years of probation while Stephens received 1 year in confinement and 4 years probation.

Verdi was originally charged in the Garner case with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, malice murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Stephens also received similar charges.

Paine believes Verdi and Stephens played a role in Krepps' confession.

"I think what ended up sealing the deal was Vaughn Verdi and Emily Stephens agreeing to testify against him," Krepps said.

Garner was found dead of a gunshot wound on Peach Orchard Drive in June 2017. Overton, meanwhile, was considered missing for several weeks until investigators said he was presumed dead.

Overton's remains were found Thursday afternoon off Highway 56.

More on this story as it develops.