Former Tennessee teacher plans to change plea to guilty

Timeline: Tennessee missing teen
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via CNN
March 31: Jill Cummins, Tad Cummins' wife, files for divorce, seeking to end her marriage of 31 years, according to court filings. She cites irreconcilable differences and alleges that Tad Cummins is "guilty of inappropriate marital conduct."

Tad Cummins, the former teacher accused of abducting his student from Tennessee and taking her to California, plans to switch his plea to guilty on two federal charges.

Cummins had been indicted last year on a charge of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities, which has a maximum sentence of life in prison; and a second charge of destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years, according to court documents. The second charge is related to his alleged destruction of two phones to impede the investigation, court documents said.

In a motion filed in the US District Court in Tennessee on Thursday, his lawyer wrote that “after case review, consultation, and personal reflection, he [Cummins] would like to enter a plea of guilty to both counts.”

CNN has reached out to his lawyer for comment.

Cummins and the then 15-year-old girl went missing March 13, 2017, from Tennessee, sparking a nationwide search. They were on the run for 39 days and were found April 20 at a remote cabin in Northern California, where they’d been posing as husband and wife.