LONDON, Ky. (WYMT)-
A Laurel County man will spend more than three decades in prison for the death of his girlfriend.
On Monday, a judge sentenced 35-year-old Sean Messer to 35 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to the murder of Pamela Sue Bobbitt.
Monday afternoon, the family of Pamela Sue Bobbitt heard the words they wanted to hear for more than one year.
"The court is of the opinion imprisonment is necessary for the protection of the public," the judge announced during court.
The Laurel County judge then sentenced Sean Messer to 35 years in prison for Bobbitt's death.
Bobbitt's family said they are pleased with the outcome.
"I'm happy about it. I think that's what he needs. He needs longer, but I'm happy with it," said Ashley Parms, Bobbitt's sister.
Family members say Messer was Bobbitt's live-in boyfriend. Police say during an argument in October of last year, Messer stabbed Bobbitt to death in front of her children at their London apartment.
"She was a good person. She was a good mom, and she didn't deserve that. Now she can have the justice that she deserves," said Parms.
Earlier this year, Messer pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for the 35 year sentence.
Bobbitt's family says they originally wanted a longer sentence but say they got what they really wanted when they heard Messer admit to the crime.
"At first I was kind of angry about it, that it took him this long to admit to it, but it made me feel better hearing him say he was guilty," said Parms.
Although the family says they were pleased hearing the guilty plea and seeing Messer go to prison, they say it will never ease the pain of losing Pamela.
A man accused of killing his girlfriend in Laurel County, has agreed to a plea deal.
Sean Messer's trial was supposed to begin today, but instead Messer pleaded 'guilty' to murder this morning. He'll be sentenced November 25th. The plea deal calls for Messer to receive 35 years in prison.
Police say Messer and the victim, Pamela Bobbitt got into an argument last year, before he stabbed her in front of her children.