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After 26 Years of Appeals - **** / Killer Takes The Deal

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ST. LOUIS • Reginald Clemons, who was sentenced to death for the 1991 killings of two sisters at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge before his conviction was overturned in 2015, pleaded guilty to murder and other charges Monday in exchange for multiple sentences of life in prison. ( The bridge was high over the Missouri River )

Clemons, 46, pleaded guilty to five counts in all: two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of **** and one count of first-degree robbery.

Clemons admitted that he and three others met Julie Kerry, 20, and Robin Kerry, 19, and their cousin on the closed bridge late on the night of April 4, 1991.

They robbed the cousin, Thomas Cummins, of cash and a watch, Assistant Attorney General Gregory Goodwin said in court. They then **** the Kerry sisters, forced all three through a manhole and onto the substructure of the bridge and pushed the Kerrys off, he said. They forced Cummins to jump from the bridge at gunpoint, Goodwin said, but Cummins survived.

Julie Kerry’s body was found three weeks later in Pemiscot County. Robin Kerry’s body was never found.

After Goodwin explained what prosecutors would have proven had the case gone to trial, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison turned to Clemons and asked, “Is what the state said true?”

“Yes, your honor,” Clemons responded.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, Clemons was immediately sentenced to five consecutive life prison sentences. In Missouri, life means 30 years. The prison terms are also consecutive to a 15-year sentence Clemons received after being convicted of attacking a prison employee.

The plea means that Clemons won’t be subject to the death penalty, which prosecutors had been seeking.

His trial had been scheduled to begin Jan. 8.

Clemons’ family, activists and some politicians and public figures have long advocated on his behalf, and his case has been the subject of multiple appeals and special hearings.

“Clemons is a monster to put the victims’ family through this decades-long ordeal, knowing he was guilty of these unspeakable crimes all along. Many well meaning people were sucked in to his false claims of innocence, and he didn’t care about them either. He is truly one of the worst criminals I’ve ever encountered in my lifetime,” said former St. Louis Circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce.

Clemons’ co-defendants were sentenced long ago.

Marlin Gray, 38, was executed in 2005 for his role in the sisters’ deaths. Antonio D. Richardson, now 43, is serving life without parole. Daniel Winfrey, now 42, was 15 at the time of the killings and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to up to 30 years and was paroled in 2007, but returned to prison for parole violations in 2011 and 2012 and is currently at the Farmington Correctional Facility.

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