Daily Mail reports:
A New York man has admitted killing his pregnant girlfriend in front of her children by stomping on her head inside their upstate apartment.
Michael Donyell Norwood, 39, pleaded guilty on Monday in Montgomery County Court to second-degree murder.
He was facing first-degree murder and first-degree rape, as well as the second-degree murder count, before taking a plea deal.
Norwood raped 30-year-old Beth Ann Logan in Amsterdam, New York, late on the night of March 28, then stomped on her head and body while wearing work boots while her four children ranging in age from nine to 13 were present, authorities say.
Logan was pregnant when she was killed.
During the attack, Logan’s daughter, nine, fled from the apartment to a neighbor’s house in an attempt to get help for her mother.
The 30-year-old was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery but later died from her injuries five days later.
‘He should rot for what he did. He didn’t only destroy Beth’s life, he destroyed her four kids’ lives. That’s something her kids are never going to forget,’ Logan’s mother Darlene Feocco told the Daily Gazette.
Because Logan was only 13 weeks pregnant, Norwood was not charged with murder in the loss of the pregnancy. A pregnancy must be 24 weeks along to constitute murder.
Logan’s children are now in foster care.
‘Obviously, this incident is going to stay with them for the rest of their lives,’ Montgomery County District Attorney Jed Conboy told the Daily Gazette.
The children testified before a grand jury about the horror murder, the Daily Gazette reported.
Because Norwood has pleaded guilty, the children will not need to testify again.
‘The main witnesses in the case were going to be Beth’s children. So we have a real incentive not to make them relive this incident in front of a jury. I think, for all involved, this was the best resolution,’
In a plea agreement with prosecutors, he’s expected to be sentenced next month to 25 years to life in prison.
Because he took the plea deal, he will avoid a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Logan’s sister Antonette Reed said she understands why Norwood received the sentencing under the plea deal but still wished he had been sentenced to death.
‘It’s a fitting sentence for a scumbag who does things like that in front of little kids,’ she said.
Reed said the family has been given updates on the children and said they’re safe now.
Norwood will be sentenced next month.