Plea deal changes death sentence to life sentence for convicted killer

Published: Mar. 3, 2010 at 12:42 AM EST|Updated: Apr. 19, 2010 at 7:20 PM EDT
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Beoria Simmons
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A death row inmate who killed three women in Louisville will now spend life in prison. A judge approved the change in sentence for Beoria Simmons.

In the courtroom, Simmons apologized to the families of three women he abducted, raped and killed in the 1980s.

"I just want to say I'm sorry for all the grief and pain I've caused throughout the years," said Simmons. "You know, if I could undo it I'd undo it. But I can't, so I pray to God he'd bless you all, you know, just bring some peace to your life."

Kaye Barnes, the cousin of Simmons first victim, Robin Barnes, said she did not feel that a life sentence for Simmons was the justice was her cousin deserved.

Prosecutors say the plea deal was the best option to keep Simmons behind bars after problems were found with the jury selection at his original trial which could have given him a new one.

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