Savannah man pleads guilty to murder of co-worker in Pooler - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Savannah man pleads guilty to murder of co-worker

Posted: Updated:
Christopher Lema (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office) Christopher Lema (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)

A Savannah man pleaded guilty Friday to charges in connection with the shooting of a co-worker last year at the OA Logistics Warehouse in Pooler.

Christopher Jesse Lema, 24, of Savannah, pleaded guilty to felony murder, false imprisonment, simple battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Nickifor Zephyrine.

Lima entered into a negotiated plea Friday that sentenced him to life in prison plus 10 years of probation for his crimes.

Lema made sexual advances toward a female co-worker in her office at OA Logistics in Pooler around 3 p.m. Feb. 24, 2012, according to the Chatham County District Attorney's Office. The co-worker, who had no prior romantic connection with Lema, became frightened and pushed Lema away from her. She then ran from the office. Lema then stepped out of the office, went over to Zephryne, who was standing nearby, and shot him twice in the head with a .22-caliber pistol, according to the district attorney's office.

Lema dropped the pistol, disrobed and ran into the woods near the warehouse. Police located Lema in the woods when they arrived. He complied with orders from authorities and was taken into custody.

Copyright 2013 WTOC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow