A woman pleaded guilty Monday morning in Luzerne County court to killing the man with whom she lived.
Sherry Cease could face 20 years in prison for her voluntary manslaughter plea.
The family of her victim said they are just relieved they won't have to live through a trial.
Sherry Cease didn't answer any questions outside the courtroom, but in front of the judge she said the word the family of her victim wanted to hear. Guilty.
Cease pleaded guilty in Luzerne County court to voluntary manslaughter for killing Army veteran John Wolfe in the fall of 2010.
"We don't have to go through trial. We don't have to live through that night that would be the hardest part for us. I can't do trial," said Wolfe's daughter, Stacy.
She is one of four daughters who lost their father in the killing.
Cease stabbed John Wolfe during a fight inside the home they shared on Prospect Street in Plymouth Township.
Shortly after his death, one daughter shared with us Wolfe's final cries for help on voice mail.
"Brenda, it's Daddy. Give me a call down my house now. They just beat the *** out of me. Bye bye."
What happened to their dad still haunts his family.
"It's been really hard. It's been really difficult. We've been going through counseling. It would be hard on anybody. No one wants to lose their father the way we did," Stacy Wolfe added.
Sherry Cease was originally charged with third-degree murder. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, but for Wolfe's family that's enough.
"Ultimately the guilty plea is going to follow her around for the rest of her life so I'm happy that she pleaded guilty," Stacy Wolfe said.
Sherry Cease will be sentenced June 15 in Luzerne County. She faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.