JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi prosecutor said Tuesday that a man who is accused of the murder of two nuns in 2016 will plead guilty as part of an agreement that removes the possibility of the death penalty.
District Attorney Akillie Malone-Oliver told The Associated Press she spoke with the families of the victims before the agreed that Robert Earl Sanders of Kosciusko, Mississippi, you could plead guilty to capital murder. She said that the agreement calls for him to be sentenced to life without parole.
Malone-Oliver said that the decision takes into consideration that the two women who were killed, the Sisters are Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, against the death penalty.
“Life without parole the highest punishment, other than death,” Malone-Oliver said.
The nuns, both 68, are employed as nurse practitioners in one of the poorest parts of the US. They were found stabbed to death Aug. 25, 2016, at their home in the small town of Durant after not showing up for work in a clinic in the neighborhood of Lexington. Sanders, 46 at the time, was arrested the following day and is still in prison.
A court administrator, confirmed Sanders’ hearing is set for June 21 before Circuit Judge Jannie Lewis in Belzoni.