NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - It’s been almost three years since her aunt was murdered in Hickory but Nikisha Jackson says she relives it every day.
“And it hurts so bad,” she told a judge in Newton Tuesday.
Her aunt, Stephanie Harvey, had gone home from working an overnight shift when authorities say Glen McQuay, who she had been in a relationship with, was there to meet her. Police believe the two struggled and McQuay poured gasoline on Harvey and set her on fire.
Her badly burned body was found in the front lawn a short time later. She was already dead.
McQuay was originally charged with first degree murder with the death penalty on the table if convicted. In a plea deal on Tuesday McQuay pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will have to serve at least 25 years behind bars.
McQuay answered questions from the judge but said nothing else. Harvey’s family said they were not satisfied with the sentence but understood it was time to resolve the matter.
McQuay, according to defense papers, has a history of mental disorders and some substance abuse, and also takes medication for heart issues.
Harvey’s family said that was no excuse and at one point walked out of the courtroom while the defense made it’s presentation but returned a few minutes later.
Harvey’s daughter Dominae Francis said her mother was a strong and loving woman.
As for the man who killed her? “Honestly, he’s a coward,” she said.
With credit for time served, McQuay could be free from prison in 22 years.