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Double homicide case ends with guilty plea

Updated: Thursday, January 23 2014, 12:29 AM EST

Steubenville, OH --

A double homicide case ended abruptly on Wednesday afternoon after the defendant entered a guilty plea.


That defendant was Kordel Moncreace and the charges against him were two counts of aggravated murder and one count of tampering with evidence.


On the night of January 30, 2013 Ryan Toson and Octavius Wilson were gunned down by Moncreace outside an apartment complex in Steubenville.


“There was no motive that made any sense, At least not anything that even came close to his actions that night,” said Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.


While in court Moncreace appeared the same as he has everytime he's been in court, expressionless.


“I apologize for what happened and the situation,” said Moncreace. “That's it.”


The families of both men made statements. Ryan Toson's mother Kelly Robertson and the family had a statement read by Hanlin which read in part, “You will have to live the rest of your life with the memory of what you did that night, but I pray that one day, you are able to find the Lord and let him fill you with the love and forgiveness you so desperately long for. I want you to know that it is only because of his spirit living inside of me that I am even able to say these most difficult words that I will ever say. I forgive you.”


"I don't know. I'm just happy that I can live my life happy knowing there is one murder in Steubenville that we got justice for," said Wilson’s sister Shekira Brandon.


Moncreace was sentenced in prison without the possibility of parole for 33 years.

Double homicide case ends with guilty plea

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