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Man who helped cover up gruesome murder at historic NC church gets 4 years in prison

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CHEROKEE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Two suspects involved in the grisly murder of a man at a church in western North Carolina have been sentenced.

In March 2015, a 911 call was placed telling officers a stabbing had taken place inside Smokemont Baptist Church, a few miles away from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Officials who responded to the scene found the body of 25-year-old Tyler Gaddis, who had been stabbed at least 16 times in the chest, back and neck.

Gaddis, who drove to the church with suspects Forrest Hill and 25-year-old Johnathan Hill, was stabbed in an unprovoked attack.

After Gaddis was killed by Forrest Hill, investigators said Johnathan Hill tossed the handle of the knife out of a car window and they drove to a home of one of his family members to burn their clothes.

On Thursday, Johnathan Hill was sentenced to four years in prison for accessory after the fact of second-degree murder.  Forrest Hill had already been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Smokemont Baptist, also known as Oconaluftee Baptist Church, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

NOTE:  The suspects are not related, despite having the same last name.

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