COLUMBIA - 26-year-old Joshua Maylee pled guilty Monday in a Boone County Circuit Court to three counts of first degree murder and one count of first degree assault for an October 2010 shooting rampage.
Maylee killed three people in Holts Summit, 48-year-old Eugene Pinet, 57-year-old Jackie Pinet, and 46-year-old Jeffrey Werdehausen. He also shot Werdehausen's wife, Gina, in the neck, but she survived after being sent to University Hospital.
Maylee's crime spree grabbed national headlines and sent hospital facilities into a lockdown after the hospital said it had reason to believe he might try to seek access to the hospital.
Maylee was arrested in Cooper County near Highway 179 two days after the killings.
Judge Kevin Crane sentenced Maylee to life in prison without parole for all three murder charges. Crane ruled the sentences will run consecutively and not concurrently.
Callaway County Prosecutor Christopher Wilson said Maylee's plea deal prevented him from having to undergo trial and face a potential death penalty.
"I think the families, they have told me that they are satisfied with the outcome," Wilson said. "No one walks out of a courthouse with a sense of relief because that loss will always be there for them but there's some satisfaction in knowing where he's going to be for the rest of his life."