Family of slain retired Colonel speaks out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/10/09

Family of slain retired Colonel speaks out

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The family of a retired colonel is speaking out after his killer is sentenced to life.

It was an emotional day in court for Donald McCullough's family. Nearly two years after his murder, a judge accepted 27-year-old Alonzo Lewis' guilty plea.

Lewis faced the death penalty, and will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.

McCullough's family had the chance to briefly speak to Lewis and says through faith, there is strength for forgiveness.

"It helped me tremendously to look at him and not feel awful about it and to know hopefully he'll find the Lord and hopefully see my husband again someday and say he's sorry," says Margaret Marry McCullough, Donald's widow.

District Attorney Matt Powell says this is the first case where someone has pleaded guilty and accepted life in prison without parole.

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