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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 21, 2014

Seevers Pleads Guilty To Attempted Murder And Aggravated Sexual Abuse By Force

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - William E. Seevers, 48, appeared in U.S. District Court on Apr. 21, 2014, and pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated sexual abuse by force. Sentencing has been set for 2:00 p.m., Aug. 21, 2014, before the Honorable Thomas Varlan, U.S. District Court Judge.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Seevers in December 2013 alleging that in June 2012 Seevers attempted to kill an individual in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by stabbing her in the neck with a knife. Additionally, Seevers engaged in sexual activity with the individual by use of force and placing her in fear of death by holding her at knife point and stabbing and punching her when she attempted to flee from him.

This investigation was conducted by the National Park Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kolman represents the United States.

Updated March 18, 2015