NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Nearly two years have passed since the murder of Amanda Price, but her husband Ron is glad they're one step closer to justice.
"For him to admit what he's done, to confess, to step forward and to take responsibility for what he did, puts a lot of relief on me and my family," Price said.
Craig O'Brien Baker pleaded guilty to the December 2011 murder of school teacher Amanda Price.
The 22 year old's guilty plea sentences him to life in prison with the possibility of parole at the age of 65, but even if he's paroled, Baker will then serve a 20 year sentence for aggravated assault.
Ron Price says he never met Baker before that winter's night and insists the outcome could have been different.
"I've told everybody if he would have just come to our front door, we would have given him anything he could have possibly wanted, but he chose to come to our back door," Price said.
"He's changed his life and our lives forever."
New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson was an investigator on the Price case, and he hopes the sentence will help the family with closure.
"We're hoping that the Price and the Cossey family can get some peace and relief themselves and be able to move on from this tragedy," Robertson said.
Jay Cossey, New Albany resident and family member of Amanda Price, says, like Ron Price, he's happy Baker took responsibility for his crimes and avoided a trial.
"I'm relieved in a lot of ways because that means we won't go through the trial process," Cossey said.
"Also, you're still disappointed because Amanda has been taken from us, and it doesn't replace her, but it does give you some semblance that justice is served."
Ron Price says he's content with the sentence. He's just glad he doesn't have to see Baker again.
"It's something we'll never move past and get over, completely," he said
"But to not have to go to trial and for this to come out the way it did, it's a relief for myself and family."
Baker also pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated assault, two charges of burglary of an auto vehicle and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.