Man pleads guilty to killing southern Colorado teen who disappeared

Christopher Adam Waide

BRIGHTON — A man is facing 48 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a Pueblo teen who disappeared last year.

Twenty-four-year-old Christopher Adam Waide of Westminster pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Lea (Lee) Porter under a plea deal. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge.

Porter was last seen in June 2014 while visiting Westminster.

Prosecutors say Waide put her body in a dumpster. A landfill was searched for more than 40 days. Some of Porter's belongings were discovered there but her body was never found.

KCNC-TV ( reported that Porter's mother asked the judge to reject the deal.

District Attorney Dave Young says the family originally agreed to it and that he encouraged them to make their objections known to the judge.

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