GAINESVILLE, Fla. –
A north Florida man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend’s father.
As part of a deal with Alachua County prosecutors, Willard Newman, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and burglary with a firearm. He received 25 years for each charge. The Gainesville Sun reports that Newman had been charged with first-degree murder, which carries a minimum life sentence.
Deputy Chief Investigator Darry Lloyd of the State Attorney’s Office said the family of Ronald Andrews agreed to the 50-year sentence recommendation in the interest of avoiding a drawn-out trial.
“There are no winners in this,” Lloyd said. “There are two families essentially without a loved one. For this case, this was a good resolution to a terrible case.”
Authorities say Newman was waiting in his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend’s bedroom with a .38-caliber pistol in May 2012, planning to kill the girl, her father and then himself. Newman killed Andrews, but the ex-girlfriend had missed her bus home from school and wasn’t present.