LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock judge accepts Alonzo Lewis' guilty plea for the 2007 murder of Retired Colonel Donald McCullough.
More than two years after Alonzo Lewis took Donald McCullough's life his family had the chance to speak face to face with their loved one's killer. It was through faith, the family says, that they were able to speak to Lewis.
With tears in her eyes, Margaret Mary McCullough says it was a struggle to forgive the then 25-year-old who took her husband of almost 50 years away from her. She says the forgiveness she ultimately found for Lewis came from her heart. "First of all I'm a Christian. I hold no animosity toward anyone. The fact is he took my husband from me and I pray my husband is with the lord and I pray for the man who took his life," says McCullough.
McCullough says she hopes that, while in prison, Lewis will find the Lord and hopefully one day see her husband and say he is sorry.
District Attorney Matt Powell says this was not a day for celebration. "The character of his kids and wife and the way they conducted themselves in the courtroom speaks volumes to me about what kind of man we lost," says Powell. He adds that this was the appropriate thing to do, and this would not have happened without law enforcement's thorough investigation.
Lewis was facing the death penalty. The District Attorney's Office says this is the first case where someone has pleaded guilty and accepted life in prison without parole instead of first standing trial.
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