The man accused of killing his girlfriend in a deadly brick attack pleaded guilty to murder before Oklahoma County District Judge Glenn Jones Friday morning.
Corey Brown, 32, is guilty of attacking his girlfriend, 21-year-old Tiffany Sams with a brick, killing her outside of an apartment complex in the 800 block of SW 56th in June, 2013.
The Oklahoma County District Attorney charged Brown with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon following the incident. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty in this case.
As part of a plea agreement Brown made with state, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Sams. He will also serve 20 years in prison for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for using his vehicle to intentionally strike another vehicle.
"I've done the worst thing ever and that was hurting Tiffany," Brown said in a tearful apology to the family of Tiffany Sams. "The worst part is I promised to take care of her and I broke my promise, and for that I sincerely apologize."
Brown told the family he was wrong and for that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
"We did love each other and that's why this hurts so bad," Brown said.
Brown said he didn't expect the family to forgive him right now but hoped someday they would.
Sams' father, Joseph Gray told Brown he forgives him but, "if you really want forgiveness you need to ask God."
"I feel it was sincere and it helps me get through losing Tiffany," her mother, Renee Sams said. "But I am hurt, I will never get her back."
Sams wasn't expecting an apology. In her mind, she'd already forgiven Brown, but she tried to show him just how painful the loss is for her, when the judge let her take the stand Friday.
"I showed pictures to him to kind of remind him, you know, of how beautiful she was and what he took from us," said Sams.
Sams and her family did not want Brown to receive the death penalty.
First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said the state took that into consideration in coming up with the plea deal.
He said they also took into account his history of mental illness, and the remorse he's expressed.
"Allowing him to plead guilty is in everyone's best interest," Rowland explained. "This will not bring back their daughter, sister, and cousin, Tiffany Sams, but it will give them some finality in the legal process and allow them to continue trying to heal, and it does the same thing for the defendant's family."
Brown waived all rights to an appeal, parole, commutation or pardon.