Man pleads guilty to murder of girlfriend as children watched

A Kansas City man has admitted to killing his former partner in November 2012. The defendant, age 43, was accused of beating and stabbing the woman to death as the couple's two young children watched. Official reports show that the man had been put on probation for domestic assault in 2010, but that probation has been revoked because he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the woman's death.

News reports show that the man has been sentenced to 25 years' prison time for his role in the woman's death. Relatives of the victim reportedly supported the plea agreement, which requires the man to serve at least 85 percent of the prison term before he can be eligible for release. In addition to the 25-year term for the murder charges, the man will serve a concurrent five-year sentence for the preexisting domestic assault charges.

Authorities say that the man pleaded guilty to the crime after his 3-year-old son led authorities to his mother's body near the family church. The two children, ages 2 and 3, both witnessed the attack on their mother. The older boy said he saw his father cutting the woman in the stomach before he "drowned her in water" and buried her in the wooded area near the church. The older boy reportedly told an acquaintance about the attack while he was spending time with that family on the day of the incident. Police officers were called, and the woman's body was located shortly after the incident occurred.

Even though this man was accused of horrific and violent offenses, he deserved the full protection of the American justice system. This defendant chose to enter a guilty plea in order to expedite the criminal process. Guilty pleas are useful in some settings, but they are not appropriate for all situations. Criminal defendants facing murder charges should discuss their plea options with a qualified criminal attorney, who can help them learn more about their legal rights in the courtroom.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "KC man admits killing young mother in front of her children" Tony Rizzo, Jan. 03, 2014

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