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NC teen killed father, threw drug-filled parties, installed stripper pole in his home

October 14, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NC teen killed father, threw drug-filled parties, installed stripper pole in his home

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A judge has sentenced Crystal Brooke Howell, the North Carolina woman, who confessed to murdering her sports editor father with a gunshot to the head when she was 17-years-old, to a minimum of 30 years in prison.

The now 20-year-old Crystal Brooke Howell pled guilty on Monday in Haywood County Court. She was convicted of first-degree murder charges in the killing of her father, Michael Howell, 50, back in 2014.

The woman carried out the murder with one shot to the head as he slept in their Sheepback Mountain residence, before hiding her father’s corpse in a shed for over one month.

After the slaying, she embarked on a spending spree using up her father’s money, and moved her friends into their home and hosted multiple drug-fueled parties.

“Crystal Brooke Howell started to drive his car and spend his money. She had her friends move in, had a drug-fueled party, and even had a stripper pole installed,” said a news release published by Jeff Jones, the Assistant District Attorney.

Crystal Howell was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the slaying of her father, Michael Howell,

Crystal Howell was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the slaying of her father, Michael Howell

Crystal was residing with her father after her parents divorced five years prior.

In February of that year, authorities revealed that the woman was caught stealing while she was out with her dad. When the two returned to their home, she spearheaded her plot to kill him.

The suspect managed to move her father’s remains into a plastic storage bin and covered it with a sleeping bag. She then informed her friends that her father relocated to Georgia, where he committed suicide, and thus moved several friends into the home.

One month later, when two of the men who were living at the house went into the shed to clean up, Anthony Talley spotted the storage bin and discovered the body.

“I never want to see anything like that ever again in my life. It has ruined me,” Talley said in an interview with the Augusta Chronicle.

Kristina Rester, the suspect’s mother, stated that she came to her home in Augusta, Georgia that day with a U-Haul truck and Michael’s Land Rover, saying her father had relinquished her from his care and that she wanted to move back in with her mother.

However, Crystal just took a shower and left to see one of her friend’s, at the same time that two of her other friends uncovered Crystal’s horrific secret.

The mother said her daughter had mental health and behavioral problems and resisted authority.

“The reason she wasn’t living with us was that she couldn’t follow the rules here,” Rester said.

Brenda Ellis, Crystal’s aunt, revealed that her niece has a mental illness.

“I can tell you there is a lot more wrong with Crystal than has come out,” Ennis said to the Columbia County News-Times. “There have been so many issues, but they have compounded by all that she has been through over the years.”

“She’s not a heinous monster. It is a heartbreaking tragedy; that’s all I know. People need to understand mental illness is serious, and it can be pushed to the limit, and I think this is what has happened,” Ellis added.

The suspect was sentenced this week to 25-years behind bars and received an extra 5 to 7 years for attempting to conceal her father’s body.

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