JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – 47-year-old Brian Elliott announced his intentions Monday to plead guilty to killing his aunt, Maxine Friend.
Elliott cried while Judge Michael Klaeren read his charges aloud. Those charges include Felony Murder and two counts of Assault with Intent to Rob While Unarmed.
Friend was killed in May in her Blackman Township home.
As the proceedings went on, it seemed Elliott wanted to plead guilty to all charges against him. He did this knowing that pleading to just one, Felony Murder, would mean life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“You understand that life without parole is a mandatory life without parole prison sentence?,” Andrew Kirkpatrick Elliott’s Attorney said.
“Yes I don’t deserve to breathe the air that we breathe,” Elliott said.
Kirkpatrick told the court why Elliott is choosing not to take the case to trial.
“Mister Elliott’s position is that he does not want to put the family through the difficulty of trying this case he does not want the victims to be put through having to testify in this case,” Kirkpatrick said.
The gallery exhaled when Elliott intentions were announced.
Tammie Moore, the sister of a woman allegedly robbed by Elliott, spoke on behalf of the families.
“Right now I’m just thanking God that my sister and the rest of the families Maxine’s daughters don’t have to keep going though this over and over,” Moore said.
The case will next be in the hands of Judge Wilson in Circuit Court. Judge Klaeren said he estimated the next court date will be within the next four weeks.