Man pleads guilty to killing woman, driving her car with her body in the trunk

Tazewell County Virginia

Two years ago, Danielle Louise Pruett was brutally killed. Now, the man responsible will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Danielle Pruett, 29, went missing on March 17, 2016. Her body was found the next day in a field off Route 720 in Bluefield, Virginia.

Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Michael Lee Dennis, spoke at a press conference Monday morning.

“It was a terrible tragedy to the Bluefield area and Tazewell County to have a mother of three children lose her life so young,” Dennis said.

Now over two years after Pruett’s body was found, her killer, Sean Wakefield, pleaded guilty to First Degree Murder, stealing her car and hiding her body. 

“It involved the defendant, Sean Wakefield, traveling all throughout Tazewell County after he killed Ms. Pruett, with her car. And we believe with her in the trunk of the car, as he was traveling throughout the county before he disposed of her body in Bluefield,” Dennis said.

An autopsy revealed that Pruitt suffered blunt force trauma. No weapon was ever found. 

Dennis thanked local law enforcement for their quick action that led to Wakefield’s arrest on March 29, 2016.

He said that while nothing can ever return Pruett to her family, he hopes putting Wakefield away for good will bring them some peace.

Brett DeGallery, Pruett’s brother-in-law, said “We really miss you Danielle. Again, we are grateful for the conclusion of this case and we the family are so grateful for the 29 years we got to have Danielle in your lives. God bless you sweetie and we miss you.”

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