YAMHILL COUNTY, Ore. (TCD) -- A Gaston man pleaded guilty last week to killing a 25-year-old woman and their 3-year-old son after initially saying he was not guilty.
According to KOIN-TV, Michael Wolfe, who was initially in custody on first-degree murder, kidnapping, and other charges, entered the plea for aggravated murder and second-degree murder relating to the deaths of Karissa and Billy Fretwell. KOIN reports Wolfe now will not face the death penalty.
KOIN reports Karissa and Billy’s bodies were found in a remote, wooded area about 10 miles from Yamhill a month after they were reported missing.
Wolfe and Karissa reportedly met when she worked at Jimmy John’s and he was at Cascade Steel. She reportedly started working at Cascade Steel as a part-time security guard, according to KOIN. Karissa got pregnant, and Wolfe allegedly threatened her. Wolfe was also married with children.
The two were reportedly fighting over child support at the time Karissa and Billy disappeared.