In unexpected move, Yockey admits role in dismemberment death

WOOSTER, Ohio - An ex-convict accused of killing and dismembering a 14-year-old girl who disappeared from the Wayne County Fair

early this fall will spend three life sentences behind bars, Action News' Paul Orlousky reported.

Joel Yockey, 46, of Wooster, appeared in Wayne County Common Pleas Court on

Thurs
day
, but as in past appearances, he had little to say.

Any talk of an insanity plea that had been thought to be a possibility disappeared. There was no plea deal and no charges were dropped. When asked how he pleaded, Yockey (pictured, above) simply said "guilty" to each of the charges after they were read aloud.

Those charges include aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and sexual predator counts.

Only a case status hearing was scheduled for Thursday, so the pleas came as a surprise.

He was slated to go on trial in March.

Yockey

had earlier
pleaded innocent
to any involvement
in the death of Kristen Jackson of Wooster.

Jackson disappeared while walking to meet her family at the county fairgrounds Sept. 9. Her head and limbs were found five days later in a swampy area near Wooster

.

Yockey, who could

have received
the death
penalty
if convicted
at trial
, was released from prison in March after serving 15 years of a 10- to 25-year sentence for raping a 17-year-old girl in Wayne County.

After he was released from prison, Yockey lived with his parents, who live several blocks from Kristen's home.

Yockey had been classified as a sexually oriented offender, requiring him to register with the sheriff's office, but wasn't subject to having neighbors notified of his presence in the area.