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Suspect pleads guilty to murdering Amanda Price

Amanda, a beloved wife of a New Albany football coach, was shot to death when she stepped out of the back door of her home December 5, 2011. Amanda, a beloved wife of a New Albany football coach, was shot to death when she stepped out of the back door of her home December 5, 2011.

(WMC-TV) - The suspect in the murder of Amanda Price pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday. Her family says it is the closure they have been seeking for almost two years.

Amanda, a beloved wife of a New Albany football coach, was shot to death when she stepped out of the back door of her home December 5, 2011. Her husband, New Albany High School's football coach Ron Price, was shot in the shoulder.

"I'm thankful that she was a part of my life," said Ron. "She will always be a part of my life ... And I love her very much."

She was the mother of the young couple's only child, Molly Addison.

" You live it every single day. My little girl is five now, and every time I look at her you see her mother," said Price.

Craig Baker plead guilty to the slaying that rocked the town and the police department working the case.

" I did not expect to be going to the Price's house. I know the Price [family] personally I knew Amanda," said New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson.

Amanda Price had just walked outside when Baker shot and killed her. Baker was in the area after burglarizing some nearby cars. He came to steal, but this family wishes Baker would have taken anything else.

"I wish he would have just come to our front door and asked for what he needed instead of coming to our back door," said Price.

At Molly Addison's request, the Price family will stay in the home that changed their lives forever. The home is surrounded by a community that stood by every step of the way with at least some closure after Baker's plea.

" Losing your little sister is like losing one of your best friends that you've known your entire life," said Amanda's brother, Jay Crossey. "He's come out and said, 'I did these things, and I know that I need to pay for that.' And to me that's just as important as him being in jail."

Baker will spend life in jail for murder with the possibility of parole at 65 years old. He will then have to serve an additional 20 years for shooting Ron. District Attorney Ben Creekmore is confident Baker will not see the other side of prison alive.

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