CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — A second man has been charged in connection to the 2014 death of Charlotte teacher Bianca Tanner, just one day after her boyfriend pleaded guilty in court.
Lawrence Adrian Briscoe, 32, is charged with concealment of death. According to the original warrant, Briscoe led investigators to Tanner’s body in 2014.
Friday night, WBTV spoke exclusively to Tanner’s sister, Cerise Richardson Mcintyre.
“We are ecstatic. I really feel like a weight has been lifted off us and we can now try to find our new normal,” Mcintyre said.
One day before Briscoe’s arrest, Tanner’s boyfriend, Angelo Grayson Smith Jr, pleaded guilty to four charges – voluntary manslaughter, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, first degree kidnapping and concealment of a death.
“Even though he took my sister away and that pain will never go away, I hope that he never experiences someone taking either one of his sister’s lives,” Mcintyre said.
Smith was given the opportunity to address the judge and Tanner’s family in court. He was sentenced to 19-25 years in prison, but he had a request.
“For him to have the audacity to say that he wants to attend his daughter’s graduation. I’m like, my sister will never get to witness her son’s graduation,” Mcintyre said.
Tanner, who had a 3-year-old boy at the time, was killed in June 2014, but was reported missing by Smith.
Her family searched for her for 26 days before Briscoe – one of Smith’s fraternity brothers – told police where to find her body in woods in Steele Creek.
Mcintyre chooses to remember the passionate life her sister lived.
“So many things about her that were wonderful that we truly miss each and every day,” Mcintyre said.
Briscoe was arrested in Fort Mill, SC, and is being held in the Lancaster County jail awaiting extradition back to Charlotte.
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