Kirby Wallace pleads guilty in Stewart County in exchange for life sentence

Posted at 1:47 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 19:40:19-04

DOVER, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The man accused of killing several people and sparking a manhunt in Middle Tennessee has pleaded guilty to all charges in Stewart County in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Wallace accepted a plea deal in Stewart County court on Wednesday. This will likely lead to a second plea deal on Friday in Montgomery County.

A moment of silence was also held in the courtroom. The judge apologized to the families for what they've had to endure. Family members were present throughout the hearing.

Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray and District Attorney Ray Crouch said they wished they could have gotten the death penalty, but they added that this deal was the most realistic outcome. Gray and Crouch said they are happy to close this chapter for the county.

Police say Wallace terrorized two counties during a two-week manhunt.

He was charged with 20 felony counts, including two counts of murder, in Stewart and Montgomery Counties. Three other people have been charged in connection with the case.