James Terry avoids death penalty for 2011 murder in Halifax County, gets five life sentences

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HALIFAX CO., Va. (WDBJ7) The man convicted of killing a Halifax County woman in 2011 has avoided the death penalty.

James Lloyd Terry

On Monday, James Terry was sentenced to five life sentences in prison for the murder of Charlotte Rice. In March, Terry pleaded guilty to several charges in connection to the death of Rice.

Terry's attorneys argued that he has an intellectual disability. In a statement, they said pursuing a capital murder sentence for Terry was a waste of public resources and a disservice to Halifax County. His attorneys say they proposed a life sentence for Terry in June 2013.

Special prosecutor Bryan Haskins and Rice's family said Monday they are disappointed in the judge's decision.

"He deserved the death penalty. When you spend as much time in jail and in prison as he has you become a real good con-artist on how to pull this off," said Judy Thompson, Charlotte Rice's niece.

In Court Monday, Terry thanked his attorneys and the judge. He apologized to his family and Rice's family.

Click on the images below to see the statement from Terry's attorneys.