A South Carolina real estate agent accused of killing seven people over a 13 year period pleaded guilty to the murders!
Todd Kohlhepp was arrested last November after police found a woman chained up inside a shipping container on his farm — who told investigators all the information they had been seeking for years.
He also plead guilty to two counts of “kidnapping” and one count of “criminal sexual assault” towards Kala Brown, the woman he kept captive as a his personal sex slave for two months!
Local prosecutors were able to reach a plea deal with Kohlhepp to avoid the death penalty in exchange for seven consecutive life sentences — plus 30 years each for the sexual assault charge and kidnapping of Brown.
He was sentenced in Spartanburg County courthouse.
Kohlhepp is responsible for the long-unsolved killings of four people at a local motorcycle shop — along with three bodies that they discovered on his property as a tip they received led them to search for Brown and her boyfriend, Charles Carver, who were missing for months.
He was living in a separate home in the area and was not present when authorities arrived.
The motorcyle shop slayings were still unsolved until Kohlhepp’s confessed to them in court.
Kohlhepp — a registered sex offender — served five years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault as a teenager against a fellow teen girl in Arizona in 1987.
Brown appeared on “Dr. Phil” three months after her rescue, recounting how she came to know Kohlhepp by cleaning the houses of his real estate listings.
She recalled being invited to his home and showing up with Carver — whom he shot three times — then bound her and gagged her!
Carver’s body, along with two others believed to be a married couple, were discovered by police on the property.
Brown said Kohlhepp only brought her out of the container twice a day for less than an hour at a time and was allowed to bathe and change in a small apartment above his garage.
He also often talked about wanting to build a life with her — and constructing a “soundproof” room to keep her in.