Teenager takes plea deal for killing father, half-sister

Teenager takes plea deal for killing father, half-sister

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A man on trial for killing his father and half-sister changed his plea to guilty after a difficult week of court for the family.

Jacob Middleton Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter. He faced two counts of first-degree murder if the trial in Covington continued.

After hours of meetings and discussion, Middleton now faces up to 70 years in prison. He will be eligible for a parole hearing after 35 years.

The sister of one of the victims said the ordeal has not been easy.

"I think it's a good deal, and now he can come home and do something, and you know he's got a chance at life," Lisa Middleton said. "You know, that's what he deserves - to know he made a mistake.

Middleton was 17 at the time of the shootings.

Lisa Middleton said she has no idea what happened the night of the murders.

Ad Hoc Judge Bruce Bennett told Middleton he has "grave concerns" about who the defendant is from a moral standpoint.

"You now have an opportunity to seek guidance," Bennett said.

Middleton will begin serving his sentence at hard labor immediately.

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