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Convicted killer Frederick P. Hammer was in Ashe County Superior Court on Dec. 7, where he pleaded guilty to the shooting death of his nephew, Jimmy Blevins.
Hammer, who is already serving seven life sentences without parole for the 2008 shooting deaths of three men in Grayson County, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the Blevins murder.
Visiting Judge Judson DeRamus Jr. of Forsyth Superior Court asked Hammer several questions after he pleaded guilty.
When asked if he killed Jimmy Blevins, Hammer answered, “Yes, sir.”
Hammer, who is much heavier than when he entered prison and now has a shaved head, is serving his sentences at Wallen’s Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap, Va.
For months, Hammer denied that he had anything to do with the disappearance of Blevins, his nephew by marriage.
The Ashe County Sheriff’s Department had searched extensively for Blevins’ body after he was reported missing in February 2007.
Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said Hammer drew them a map where he said he had shot Blevins in the back of the head with a .25 caliber pistol and buried him. Blevins’ body was dug up Aug. 4, 2009 in a secluded area in the Clifton community of Ashe County.
“There was no way that we could have ever found the body without Hammer,” Williams said.
According to the sheriff, Hammer went to Blevins’ mobile home on Feb. 24, 2007 and picked him up. Blevins’ grandmother, who lived next door, saw him leave with Hammer — and that’s the last time anyone saw him alive.
Hammer owed Blevins $1,605 in back wages for working in his firewood business and Blevins wanted his money. He had made inquires about taking Hammer to court to get his money.
Williams said that made Hammer mad. Hammer told police he had been good to Blevins, giving him firewood and other things.
Hammer confessed to killing Ron Hudler, 73, his son, Frederick Hudler, 44, and John Miller, 25, on Jan. 24, 2008 at Ron Hudler’s home near the Ashe County, N.C., state line in Mouth of Wilson.
Williams said Hammer had also confessed to killing Tim Shatley on N.C. 16 on Nov. 19, 2005, but the sheriff has not charged him in the case.
“We’re still investigating the Shatley murder,” Williams said, “but the case isn’t closed.”
Several members of Blevins’ family, including his mother, Janet Blevins, were in court when Hammer was sentenced last Tuesday.