A plea entered by Kerry Lynn Richardson, 53, allows him to forego a jury trial.
Reports say Richardson fatally beat 47-year-old Tracy Ellen Little in 2012.
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A Cedar City man accused of killing his common-law wife three years ago pleaded guilty to her murder a week ahead of a scheduled trial in the case.
Kerry Lynn Richardson, 53, entered the plea Monday in Iron County's 5th District Court as part of an agreement that dismissed two drug-related charges. A six-day jury trial was set to begin next Monday, but Richardson's plea means he will now appear for sentencing on Dec. 8.
Richardson faces a statutory term of 15 years to life in prison, although the agreement allows him to receive credit for the time he has been in jail since his September 2012 arrest.
"He pled guilty straight up to the murder charge," Deputy County Attorney Troy Little said Wednesday.
Cedar City Police officers reported Richardson called the morning of Sept. 9, 2012, after waking and finding 47-year-old Tracy Ellen Little badly injured and unconscious, but initially denied knowing who had beaten her.
She was not related to the prosecutor, despite the common last name.
Troy Little said Tracy Little's family lives out of town and was not present at Monday's hearing, but they were notified of the change in the case's direction after weekend plea negotiations between the prosecution and defense.
"They were very pleased with (Richardson) admitting guilt to the murder," he said.
Richardson has said Tracy Little was his girlfriend for 11 years and he considered her his wife.
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