A man accused of murdering his grandmother agreed to a last-minute plea deal Tuesday.
A jury was picked and opening statements were expected to be given Tuesday afternoon when Carl Webb Jr., 35, pleaded guilty to a lesser count.
Webb was charged with first-degree murder in the February 2009 death of 75-year-old Helen Webb, but pleaded to manslaughter.
Judge Clayton Davis sentenced him to 12 years in prison, which is to run concurrent with the 65-year prison sentence Webb is currently facing on unrelated weapons charges.
After Davis asked him if he admitted to the facts, Webb paused for a minute before saying, “yes, sir.”
Davis said the case was a “prime example of a case in which closure is extremely important.”
Angela Webb Bascle, Helen Webb’s daughter and Carl Webb’s aunt, pleaded with Carl in court Tuesday, saying, “C.J., please look at me.”
He turned to her and said, “I’m doing this for dad and dad only.”
She told him “I know your grandmother loved you very, very much.”
Margie Habetz, Helen Webb’s sister, also told “C.J.” that his grandmother loved him. Habetz said she prays that “God has mercy on your soul.”
Prosecutor Jonathan Blake said that an autopsy confirmed that Helen Webb died from three strikes to the head.
He said she was found in her garage and the door to her home was unlocked.
He said letters from Webb also showed he was attempting to frame someone else for the murder.
Helen Webb’s purse was missing from her residence, according to court documents.