By FOX Carolina Staff
GREENVILLE, S.C.The teen charged in connection with the death of a Greenville County girl two years ago pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Wednesday.
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Sam Young entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and criminal sexual conduct in the 2008 death of 8-year-old Dymia Woody. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for each charge, to be served concurrently.
Woody's body was found in a vacant mobile home in July 2008 after her mother had reported her missing the night before.
Family photo of Dymia Woody.
The coroners office has said that Woody died from asphyxiation because of a breathing obstruction, and that there were visible signs of sexual assault on her body.
Investigators charged then 14-year-old Young, who lived in the neighborhood, with murder, criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in connection with Woodys death. They said the decision to arrest the boy was made based on DNA tests.
In August 2009, a judge ruled that jurisdiction for the now 16-year-old Young be transferred to general sessions court instead of family court.
In an exclusive interview with FOX Carolina's Jade Hindmon the day before his arrest, Young said that he had nothing to do with Woody's death.
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