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Decatur murder suspects plead guilty

Steven O'Neal King and Lorin Wilson pleaded guilty to murder. Steven O'Neal King and Lorin Wilson pleaded guilty to murder.
Jameson Staten pleaded not guilty. Jameson Staten pleaded not guilty.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Two suspects in a Decatur murder case pleaded guilty just as their trial got started.

Both Steven O'Neal King and Lorin Wilson pleaded guilty on Monday.

They admitted to killing Houston "Glenn" Blackwood. Blackwood was found shot to death outside his home on Chestnut Street in 2012. Police said three teens, aged 17 at the time, knocked on his door to rob him.

King was given a 20 year split sentence and he'll serve three years of that in prison.

Wilson entered a blind plea and he'll be sentenced in September.

A third suspect, Jameson Staten, pleaded not guilty.

Family members of the victim, who had been waiting two years to get to this point, said the suspects said exactly what they've wanted to hear for so long. Blackwood's mother said she heard the word "guilty" from at least two of the suspects, and she knew it the whole time.

"It's been a nightmare; it's been really hard," said Janice Sapp. "The hardest part was when King wanted to apologize to the family. I couldn't even look him in the eye and accept no apology from someone who took my son's life."

"I'm not the kind of person to say it's over; I'm moving on," Sapp continued. "You don't move on when you lose someone as special as he was and loved as much as he was. I'll never be moving on. He'll be there with me every day."

Blackwood's family said he was a generous, loving son, brother and father.

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