Jeffrey Lee Huckabee, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony murder and malice murder in the death of Anthony Scott Nattinger, said District Attorney Danny Craig.
The guilty plea allowed Huckabee to avoid the death penalty. But he will also not be able to get parole.
Authorities said Huckabee killed Nattinger, 26, in March 2003 with a pickax as he lay on a sofa at his home. He then stole Nattinger's stereo equipment and 1994 Ford Explorer. The attack, investigators said, was part of a plot among two other defendants to rob Nattinger of his expected tax refund check.
Huckabee's coconspirators, Laura Solomon, 22, and Jarrod Clark, 20, pleaded guilty in 2003 to lesser charges. Both were sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of probation for theft and hindering the apprehension of a criminal, according to Richmond County court records.
Huckabee has also pleaded guilty to burglary, for which he was sentenced to 20 years, and armed robbery, for which he was sentenced to life in prison, court records said