MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Keila Freeman's family spoke to the media for the first time Wednesday after Freeman's husband pleaded guilty to four felony charges Wednesday.
Randall Freeman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Keila Freeman. She was found dead in December 2017--more than one year after she disappeared.
Keila went missing in September 2016. Her husband told police she came home but never walked inside. Her keys were later found, still in the ignition of her car. Her purse was found inside the home, along with her jeans and debit card, which were on the floor.
During court Wednesday morning, Randall waived his right to a trial by jury and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated arson, and two counts of criminal attempt aggravated arson. He will serve 28 years in jail without the possibility of parole.
Kendra Hightower, Keila Freeman's sister, said they've had limited communication with Randall during the entire case, but he was one of the first people they suspected to be behind Keila's disappearance.
"We're just happy to have closure now, put her to rest, and move on and make sure the children are taken care of," Hightower said.
Assistant District Attorney Paul Hagerman said Randall led investigators to his wife's body days before Christmas.
"He revealed the location of the body. He was quiet; he was breathing so heavy though you could hear it from across the room," Hagerman said.
Hagerman said Randall led them after he was offered a plea deal, at the request of Keila's family.
"We were just waiting so long that we just wanted to give her the proper home going," Hightower said.
Family members said they are now moving forward, caring for the Freemans' two children, and preparing for Keila's funeral.