2007 Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty

By KBJR Manager

March 29, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM CDT

Virginia, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Jesaiah Lee Carlson is charged with murdering Megan Anderson at her place of work back in 2007.

The trial was set to begin on April 27th, however with the pending plea agreement entered into the courts Monday, that trial may not happen.

"It's certainly something one would not expect to occur in a community of our size at any time," said Eveleth Police Chief Brian Lillis.

It's been nearly four years since 20 year old Megan Anderson of Cook was brutally murdered at her place of work in Eveleth.

"It was very large in scope from the very outset so I guess the passage of time to this point is actually not that surprising," said Lillis.

In a Virginia courtroom, 32 year old Jesaiah Lee Carlson pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder.

"There's an agreement of a sentencing to forty years, or 420 months," said defense attorney Scott Belfry.

Carlson had previously been charged with first degree murder which carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Anderson's family was at the final hearing on Monday and said they do not agree with the plea agreement.

Anderson's mother made a statement saying Carlson should be tried by a jury for her daughter's murder.

On August 29th, 2007, Megan Anderson was found dead in the Arrowhead Heating and Cooling building.

Reports say she was stabbed multiple times.

Carlson was found to be in the area that same day.

"Forensics have taken an extremely long amount of time which has been a problem with the case. Forensics have been so complex that it has taken a long time to get those sorted out," said Belfry.

The plea agreement must now be accepted by the courts and if it is, a sentencing hearing will be held on April 27th.

The sentencing on April 27th is scheduled for 1 o clock.