LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The man accused of killing Marion County Deputy Anthony Rakes in November 2012 has entered a guilty plea.
It's believed that Rakes thought Shipp was a stranded driver and was gun downed as he approached Shipp's car on the side of U.S. 68 in Lebanon.
According to the plea deal between the Commonwealth and 50-year-old Dewayne Shipp, Shipp will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Shipp's attorney said his client accepted the deal because he regrets what he did and wanted to take responsibility for the murder of 31-year-old Anthony Rakes.
Rakes' two surviving sisters were in the courtroom along with other extended family members and told a Marion County Judge they were satisfied with the deal.
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements said he and Rakes' family did not want to face a lengthy trial.
Shipp did face the death penalty. Sheriff Clements said he would have liked to see Shipp sentenced to death, but said he knew with state laws the amount of appeals would drag on the pain for the Rakes family.
Even though Shipp pleaded guilty, the deal must still be approved. Shipp will be officially sentenced Jan. 23.