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Iowa City man pleads guilty to 2010 murder

Eric Osborn Eric Osborn
Sarah McKay Sarah McKay

An Iowa City man has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a 2010 murder.

Eric Osborn was charged with first degree murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend, 34 year old Sarah McKay on March 7, 2010. He admitted to police that he smoked marijuana, took pills, and had sex with McKay before he hit her with a bat and then strangled her at the couple's Iowa City home.

Osborn told investigators that he doesn't remember the killing.

On Friday, Osborn pleaded guilty to second degree murder as part of a deal and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.  He will be eligible for parole in 35 years.

McKay's mom, Kathy, spoke in court and told Osborn that she will never forgive him.

"You killed her and a part of all her family died with her. The pain and the agony is immeasurable. We miss her so much," Kathy said.

"I don't believe the sentence you receive is adequate to satisfy our sorrow," said David McKay, Sarah's father.

McKay was remembered as a beautiful, smart woman, ready to reach her full potential in life.

Kathy McKay spoke directly to Osborn, telling him that Sarah's 11-year-old daughter now has to grow up without a mother.

"Eric, you took Emmy's mom who can never be replaced, and Emmy liked you. Trusted you," Kathy said.

Osborn then read an apology to the family just before the judge handed down his sentence.

"I know my conviction won't change anything but hope it will give you a little bit of closure and time to heal from your loss. From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry to you all," Osborn said.




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