BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man admitted Monday that he killed his girlfriend's 4-year-old son nearly three years ago and has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and assault.
Sentencing for Keith Jordan Lambing, 22, of Butler, is likely to be imposed early next week.
The victim bled to death after being attacked in March 2017.
Butler County prosecutors said they opted not to pursue the death penalty because the child's parents did not want to relive the facts of the crime during a trial. Other charges, including rape, were dismissed.
“The family was happy with this deal,” prosecutor Terri Schultz told the Butler Eagle. “They didn't want this to be in the media anymore.”
Lambing is expected to receive 30 to 60 years under the plea agreement.
Defense lawyer Kevin Flaherty said the deal was a fair resolution of the case.
“Mr. Lambing was always willing to take responsibility for his actions," Flaherty said. "We felt this offer reflects his responsibility and a level of his responsibility in that it was never an intentional act.”