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Sweet Pleads Guilty to Murder

DUBUQUE, IOWA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- 3 days of testimony culminate in a simple admission from 18-year-old Isaiah Sweet.

I used a gun to shoot both of my grandparents Richard and Janet Sweet, he told Judge Michael Shubatt. I intended to kill them before, during, and after the crime occurred.

Rather than put his fate in the hands of the 12 person jury, on Friday Isaiah Sweet changed his plea to guilty on both first degree murder charges, in the death of his own grandparents Richard and Janet Sweet.

"They died as a result of being shot by me," Sweet told the judge.

It wasn't the first time Sweet has confessed to the crime. In a 2 hour video of Isaiah's police interview shown to the jury before the plea, Sweet describes the scene - and how he killed his grandparents:
  • SWEET: I took one stair up so I could see his whole head, and shot.
  • INVESTIGATOR: Where did that first shot hit?
  • SWEET: First shot straight through his head.
He also described the bloody scene in the house.
  • SWEET: 15 feet away and there's a chunk of brain this big laying there.
  • INVESTIGATOR: Did you look at it?
  • SWEET: Yeah!
Over the two hours, he displays a range of emotions - quickly going from animated to remorseful.

"They didn't deserve it, I did," Sweet tearfully told the investigator.

Sweet even displays a sense of calm and confidence.
  • INVESTIGATOR: Let me look back at my notes and make sure I'm not missing anything.
  • SWEET: If you want I can look through and tell you if you missed anything.
And at times, the 18-year-old is suicidal.
  • SWEET: I wish I would have shot myself instead.
  • INVESTIGATOR: That's not the answer either.
  • SWEET: I tried to kill myself every night since it happened.
Now, with his plea in the books, he will wait to see if he spends the rest of his life in prison.

Both of the first degree murder charges will run concurrently. Sweet faces life in prison. That sentencing hearing will be held over in Manchester on December 18th at 9am.



DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- A Manchester teenager has agreed to plead guilty to two charges of first-degree murder, ending a trial before the defense called any witnesses.
   18-year-old Isaiah Sweet agreed to the deal Monday. It was announced after the prosecution rested its case in the trial against Sweet, who was charged in the May 2012 killings of his grandparents, 55-year-old Richard Sweet and 62-year-old Janet Sweet.
   Defense attorneys say as part of the deal, the sentences will run concurrently.
   Sweet also admitted to operating a vehicle without consent.
   Earlier, prosecutors played a taped interview in which Sweet says he kissed his grandparents after shooting them and apologized before fleeing.

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