17-year-old girl kills her father to use his car and money for drug parties


Crystal Howell 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A teen was arrested on a charge of murder after being accused of killing her father in order to use his money for drug parties, according to police in North Carolina.

Now, Crystal Howell of Maggie Valley, has been sentenced to serve life in prison after being convicted of murder and concealment of death.

According to the criminal complaint, Howell shot and killed her father, 50-year-old Michael Howell, because she wanted more money for parties.

Michael was shot in the head as he slept. Crystal, who was 17 years old at the time of the murder, told her friends that her father killed himself.

Police found the man’s body inside a blue plastic container in a storage building. After killing her father, Crystal used his car and money for drug-fueled parties.

She even installed a stripper pole in the kitchen of his home, which was used for the parties.