James Rhodes pleads guilty to 2013 Metro PCS murder, to get life in prison

Killer gets life sentence after plea deal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The man charged in the 2013 murder of a Metro PCS worker has pled guilty in court Thursday.

James Rhodes, 25, withdrew his plea of not guilty and instead, pled guilty to four counts in the murder of 20-year-old Shelby Farah. His new plea was part of a deal with State Attorney Melisa Nelson to drop the death penalty. He will be sentenced to life in prison with no parole instead.

Rhodes' defense attorneys have long been trying to get the State Attorney's Office to make this plea deal, but at the time, Angela Corey was in office and refused. Corey continued to refuse the deal even after Farah's mother begged her to accept it.

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Surveillance video from July 20, 2013 shows Farah emptying the cash register before Rhodes shot her multiple times and walked out.

By pleading guilty, Rhodes also gives up the right to have a trial in the case, the right to an attorney, the right to appeal and the right to remain silent.

He agreed to being sentenced Thursday.

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