Topeka Man Will Spend Life in Prison for Teen's Murder

Christopher Dwayne Hall
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TOPEKA, Kan. - Two years after he brutally murdered and dumped the body of a Topeka teen, Christopher Dwayne Hall learned his fate for the crime.

Judge Mark Brown Friday sentenced Hall, who pleaded guilty to first degree murder, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, sexual intercourse and criminal desecration of the body of 15 year old Nacole Winter, to life in prison for the murder charge.

Winter's body was found at Lake Shawnee on December 14, 2006. She had gone missing soon after Thanksgiving. Hall also burned Winter's body in an effort to destroy evidence.

Hall pleaded guilty to the rape and murder in August of 2008.

In the courtroom Friday, family and friends of Nacole gave statements before the sentencing got underway. Most pleaded with the court to give Hall the maximum life sentence. A step aunt called Hall "scum" and Nacole's step mom, Vicki, said Hall took her best friend. "I hate him," Vicki Winter said. "I've never hated anyone so much."

Hall's mother, Priscilla, spoke and apologized to the family, but continued to defend her son. "Everybody makes mistakes," she said. "My son's not a bad person."

Hall was also convicted in a home invasion and hammer attack on a Topeka couple, Jennifer Hughes and Michael Delaney, about the same time as Winter's murder. That brought two charges of attempted first degree murder and aggravated robbery. Hall received 246 months for the attempted murder of Delaney, 165 months for Hughes' attempted murder, 61 months for aggravated robbery, and 34 months for conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.