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Man accused of killing two in West Frankfort pleads guilty

It was an emotional day for the families of 28 year-old Kandis Majors and 32-year-old Terri Seibeck. In an unexpected turn, Michael Schallert, the man charged with killing the women, pleaded guilty to the crimes.

As Schallert walked out of the court house, family and friends of the victims still processed what they'd just heard. 

"I'm just shocked," Close friend of the victims, Becky Carney said.

Carney is one of the people who found Majors and Seibeck in their West Frankfort home back in October 2009. They had been shot to death.

She, along with family members, listened as Schallert said he killed their loved ones. It's a guilty plea that the mother of Kandis Majors says she's thankful to finally hear.

"I'm happy it's over now and that I can hopefully move on and heal a little bit," Cindy Marlow said.

Schallert faced several charges including two counts of murder. As part of the plea deal with the state, the other charges were dismissed. But for the deaths of Majors and Seibeck, Schallert will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"I think it gave us, me, closure to hear him admit it and at least showing that he has some remorse for what he did," Marlow added.

Schallert also appeared to show that remorse as he addressed the courtroom. He said, "There's nothing I can say that will bring back Terri or Kandis," Schallert said. "I want you to know how sorry I am."

Clearly emotional, Schallert went on to say, "I hope pleading guilty will set your minds at ease a little bit. I'm sorry."

His emotion seemed to even carry outside the court house. Heartland News asked if he had anything else to say to the victim's families. Schallert said "I'm sorry."

"His apology I don't accept," Carol Kesler, Terri Seibeck's aunt said. "It don't mean nothing because it ain't going to bring Terri Ann back." 

But Carney adds, at least they can all now move on.

"He saved the family and the friends a lot of heart ache," Carney said.  "I'm just glad it's over."

Franklin County State's Attorney Evan Owens said he had spoken to Schallert's attorney about a possible plea deal.

"We appreciate Mr. Schallert owning up to the responsibility of the matter," said Owens. "It doesn't lessen the tragedy and what has taken place to these families, and these two poor girls. And, we are happy to conclude it today."

Schallert has 30 days to appeal his guilty plea.

Just last month a jury found Schallert's former girlfriend, Afton Ferris, guilty of murdering both women. Ferris will also spend the rest of her life behind bars.

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