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Double murder suspect enters second guilty plea

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Terence Doddy walks into a Winnebago County courtroom. Terence Doddy walks into a Winnebago County courtroom.
Police tape mark off Rockford business where Todd Hansmeier was found dead in June 2014. Police tape mark off Rockford business where Todd Hansmeier was found dead in June 2014.
Todd Hansmeier Todd Hansmeier
An accused double murderer now says he is responsible for both deaths. Terence Doddy entered his second guilty plea in less than a week. The families of both victims are not upset with the change in plea but they are not happy about Doddy's request to the judge when it comes to sentencing day.

Standing in shackles, Doddy told the judge he wants to waive his rights and plead guilty to first degree murder.

"I hearby give up my rights to a trial with or without a jury," Doddy says.

Doddy is accused of killing his long time friend Todd Hansmeier in June 2014 at a Rockford business. The 37-year-old was found beaten, stabbed and partially burned.

"He had suffered apparent blunt force trauma and also had stab wounds to his neck," says Joe Bruscato, Winnebago County State's Attorney.

Bruscato says he had evidence of Doddy buying a knife, and also video of him using Hansmeier's ATM card. 

The judge told Doddy by changing his plea he would have to sentence him to life in prison. That's because last week Doddy pleaded guilty to the murder of Tanya Bargman. She was found strangled and drown at a Paw Paw rest stop off I-39, a day after Hansmeier was killed. Doddy now has two murder convictions.

"Under Illinois law when there are two convictions that that person has been convicted for, for the crime of murder, two separate murder convictions , the possibility exists that they are eligible for mandatory natural life sentence," Bruscato says.

In both cases, Doddy asked the judge to not be in court when he is sentenced. Lee County's State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller says Bargman's family wants him there. It's the only time the victims are allowed to address him in open court.

"What happened last week and again today where he is saying he doesn't want to attend can obviously cause some stress for them as well," Sacco-Miller says.

Doddy will be sentenced in Lee County on June 1 and in Winnebago County on June 15. 



Previously:

Just days after pleading guilty to the murder of Tonya Bargman in Lee County, Terence Doddy plead guilty to the murder of Todd Hansmeier in Winnebago County.

Doddy changed his plea to guilty in Winnebago County Court Monday morning. 

Doddy had initially plead not guilty to murder in both Lee and Winnebago counties before changing his pleas. Doddy faces a life sentence in both cases. He will be sentenced on June 1st in Lee County and June 15th in Winnebago County.13 News Rebecca Klopf is at court and will provide more updates as soon as they become available.

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