CHARLOTTE -- Michael Harvey pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 death of Valerie Hamilton, the daughter of then Concord Police Chief Merl Hamilton. Harvey could spend seven to 10 years in prison.
Hamilton used drugs with Harvey at his home the night of Sept. 14. Witnesses said they told Harvey it appeared Hamilton needed medical attention, but he didn't get any help and instead drove to a local motel.
Harvey told police he he put her in bed then woke and found her dead the next day. He hid her body in a store unit and ran off to New York but was arrested Sept. 20.
Merl Hamilton released this statement Friday:
"Valerie's family would like to thank all of the law enforcement officers who assisted in investigating this case, particularly those of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. We would also like to thank the members of the District Attorney's office who worked very hard to find justice for everyone involved. Lastly, we would like to thank the community for their support. Valerie was always accountable for mistakes she made in her life. As her father, I am acutely aware of my responsibility for the mistakes she and I collectively made in her life. Her family hopes Mr. Harvey is able to confront his responsibility for the role he played in her death. Because of the immense pain and discomfort the media attention in this case causes Val's family, this is the only comment anyone in the family will make concerning this case."
Harvey pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, concealing a death and admitted his status as a habitual felon. The plea brings to an end to a nearly two year long investigation into what happened that fateful night in September 2010.
Harvey will now spend the next seven to ten years behind bars for his involvement in Valerie Hamilton's death.