Northampton Co. Man Spared Death in Murder of Ex-Girlfriend

He has agreed not to appeal his murder conviction for killing his ex and her new boyfriend.

A Pennsylvania man has agreed to waive his right to appeal his murder conviction in return for being spared the death penalty for killing his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend a year ago.

The agreement reached Friday between 39-year-old Barry Soldridge Jr. and prosecutors sends Soldridge to prison for life without parole.

Soldridge was convicted on Wednesday of two counts of first-degree murder in the September 2010 killings of Candice Shuey and Derek Henry in Lehigh Township, Northampton County.

Authorities say Soldridge quarreled with the victims a friend's home then left and returned with an assault rifle and opened fire.

Soldridge told the victims' families he was "a monster that night" and there is no excuse for the killings.

Soldridge also agreed to disclose where he hid the weapon.

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