SHAWNEE, Okla. – A Shawnee man has pleaded guilty to murdering a 27-year-old mother of two in 2012.
Samantha Weaver was reported missing in June of 2012.
“Reality tells me that she’s not alive because she wouldn’t be away from us this long. But there’s also that little tiny bit of hope that you have to hold onto that says you know she could still be there,” Samantha’s sister Cristy Busch said last June.
In March, investigators discovered human remains buried on a property in Pottawatomie County where Loveland used to live.
On Thursday, Loveland pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.
When Weaver’s remains were discovered, Loveland was serving time for assaulting a woman in 2013.
A judge ruled that Loveland will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for Weaver’s murder.