Man pleads guilty in murder of Lockland business owner

Published: May. 14, 2015 at 5:01 PM EDT
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James Rolman, provided photo.
James Rolman, provided photo.

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Christopher McFerron, the suspect charged in the abduction and death of a 72-year-old man, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated murder.

Hamilton County Judge Melba Marsh sentenced McFerron, 44, to 23 years to life for the murder of James Rolman.

Rolman, who owned the David Hirschberg Steel and Recycling Center in Lockland, went missing last July after withdrawing $6,500 from a U.S. Bank. He was found shot to death inside his car one day later.

The car was parked in a silo at a closed trucking company on Smalley Road where police say McFerron worked two years ago.

Investigators said McFerron, who has lived in Lockland his entire life, knew Rolman from taking scrap metal to his business.

Jason Brown, a second suspect in the case, will go to trial in July.

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