Thursday, July 2, 2009

Man Avoids Death Penalty with Guilty Plea

A man accused of murdering a mother and daughter in their church parking lot has pled guilty and will serve life in prison with no chance for parole. Huston Lloyd's two life sentences will run concurrently. He pled guilty to first degree murder and felony murder. In a plea agreement reached in a Cookeville courtroom, he reportedly admitted that in 2006, he gunned down 27-year-old Kimberly Wyatt and her 4-year-old daughter Sarah in a Cumberland County parking lot. Lloyd's trial had been moved to Putnam County, after he was granted a change of venue from Cumberland County. Wyatt's six-year-old daughter was left alive and not physically hurt in the incident, but she did witness her mother and sister being gunned down. Prosecutors had expressed interest in seeking the death penalty. Lloyd's plea will keep him in prison for the rest of his life.