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20-year-old takes plea deal in murder trial

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Kimberly Moore went to court Monday expecting jury selection to begin in the first-degree murder case against the man police say shot and killed her husband in 2011. Kimberly Moore went to court Monday expecting jury selection to begin in the first-degree murder case against the man police say shot and killed her husband in 2011.
To Moore's surprise 20-year-old Demont Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting her husband Thomas Moore at their front door. To Moore's surprise 20-year-old Demont Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting her husband Thomas Moore at their front door.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - A plea deal in a murder trial is still not enough to ease the heartbreak of two families dealing with unspeakable loss.

Kimberly Moore went to court Monday expecting jury selection to begin in the first-degree murder case against the man police say shot and killed her husband in 2011. To Moore's surprise 20-year-old Demont Lewis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting her husband Thomas Moore at their front door.

Moore says she and her family have been through a lot. She says her son was the intended target for Lewis and his gang. Thomas was shot instead; the son is still distraught after finding his father dead.

"I just blame myself got sending him to the door that night 'cause I could've just let the door bell rung, but I thought it was my son," said Moore.

That night offered up more hurt than Moore could've ever imagined.

"It's not only that I lost him that night I lost my dad too," said Moore.

Her father hit a tree at a high rate of speed after hearing the news, severing his spine. She had to bury him before making arrangements for her husband.

Moore says the mother of her husband's killer has to deal with losing her son.

"I felt her pain deeply, and it hurt me so bad to see him sitting up there on the witness stand as young as he is," said Moore.

Moore says she's praying for the young man because it's time to put this nightmare in the past, and she finally got closure in court.

Lewis agreed to a 35-year-sentence without parole. With good behavior he could earn up to 5 years of credit toward early release.

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