A Louisiana man has dodged the death penalty after admitting to murdering his former girlfriend while she was streaming on Facebook Live. He also apologized to the victim's mother in court.
Jonathan Robinson, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder of for the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Rannita Williams in April 2018, according to the Associated Press. As part of his plea deal, he cannot be sentenced to death. Instead, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The streaming video showed Williams talking into the camera before Robinson shoots at her multiple times from behind with a rifle. Robinson was forcing her to stream an apology to his new girlfriend, according to KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana.
"Now apologize, bitch," Robinson yelled at her in the now-deleted video, not long before killing her.
After being sentenced, but before Robinson left the courtroom, he asked to speak to the victim’s mother.
"I'm so sorry I did what I did," he told Anita Williams. He was emotional as apologized, according to KTBS-TV. According to the outlet, he previously sent her several written apology notes from behind bars.
"I know I hurt a lot of people, myself," Robinson told her. "I hope one day you forgive me for what I did."
Anita Williams responded, "I forgave you already.”
Robinson wanted to apologize for another action, too.
"I'm sorry for the polices, too,” he reportedly said before being escorted from the courtroom.
He had shot at officers who had responded to the scene, hitting one, during an 80-minute standoff with eight officers. One officer was hit in the wrist, according to the Associated Press.
Robinson has a lengthy criminal past, which includes attempted second-degree murder and domestic abuse battery for a woman who was not Williams, Shreveport News reported last year.
Williams has been described as both smart and humble. She was a mother of three and supported them by doing hair and interior design work for her neighbors.
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