The trial of Amos Maddox came to an abrupt halt this morning when he decided to plead guilty as charged.
Maddox pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder, aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and theft for stealing the victim's car.
His plea came just before the victim would have had to take the witness stand and tell details of her horrific ordeal. Defense attorney King Alexander said Maddox did not want to put the victim through that.
As he entered his plea Maddox wiped tears from his eyes and told the court that drugs ruin lives. Maddox was reportedly high on crack cocaine when he committed the crime in DeQuincy in 2007.
"I told you everything I remember, even the people in the back seat riding around in my truck," Maddox said.
The detective then asked Maddox if he remembers fighting with anybody, Maddox responded "no".
Alexander said he believes Maddox does not remember what he did.
"He had by his own statement that was shown to the jury and by the testimony of another witness he had just ingested a large amount of cocaine in the hours before this incident," Alexander said. "He does not believe in his right mind he would have been capable of doing the things that apparently were done."
Maddox admits he is a danger to society. He will spend the rest of his life in prison. Prosecutor Tara Hawkins says the sentence is appropriate.
"I think something happened over the course of the trial to change his heart, to make him realize he needed to step up and take responsibility for what he'd done. For what it's worth it was appreciated but he can never truly make up for what he did to this victim," Hawkins said. "He absolutely stated that he believes he's a danger to society. And he recognizes that now and I believe he thinks that he would fall back into the same sort of lifestyle that led him to do such a heinous thing."
Maddox was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated rape, 50 years for attempted first degree murder, 30 years for burglary and 10 years for theft.
All sentences are to run at the same time rather than one after the other.