- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A Cowpens man will serve life in prison without parole for the killings of three people five years ago.

Local media outlets report 48-year-old Cass Franklin Smith was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty earlier this week to three counts of murder and escape.

Smith was charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, 41-year-old Suzanne Bridges, her boyfriend, 45-year-old Harold Lick and her daughter 15-year-old Maggie Wenner back in 2010.

Authorities say Smith was arrested several days after the bodies of the victims were found.

After the arrest, the state notified Smith that it would seek the death penalty. Smith then offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors recently decided to accept Smith’s guilty plea instead of taking the case to trial.

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