Marianna, FL- John Wayne Lincoln, 21 years old, plead guilty Thursday afternoon to the murder of Vivian Ford.
Investigators said Lincoln brutally stabbed Ford during a robbery at her Greenwood home on November 27th last year.
"He (Lincoln) has no explanation for what happened that day, that he used different terms but lost it or freaked out," said Lincoln's attorney Clyde Taylor.
Ford was a well-known member in the community. She served as the secretary to several Jackson County school superintendents, and her family was named farm family of the year in the 1970s.
The state had been seeking the death penalty, but Ford's husband, Larry, told the court Thursday a death sentence would only cause more hardship for the family.
"I do not wish for my children or my grandchildren to continue with this legal burden that could last for many many years," said Larry Ford.
Judge William Wright agreed, sentencing Lincoln to three consecutive life sentences and an additional 70 years behind bars for several other charges, without the chance of parole.
"Justice will never be served to John Wayne Lincoln on this Earth.
Justice will only be served when he meets his maker," said Larry Ford.
The plea deal avoided a trial, which was set for January. Lincoln can't appeal his sentence.