JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Tae-Von Dixon pleaded guilty to third degree murder Monday for killing James Pelham Junior in July 2010.
After several hearings Dixon accepted a plea agreement a week before his trial.
"When the motions were denied we were left with a split decision," said Defense Attorney George Bills. "First degree murder carries a life sentence and third degree murder is a lot less, we weighed out our options."
"If we went to trial we felt confident that we would get a conviction," said District Attorney Kelly Callihan. "We ironed out all of the details and a plea agreement is really what the family wanted."
"I wanted Mr. Dixon to know what he did to my family," said Renee Edwards, the sister of James Pelham Junior. "He left four kids fatherless, they did not want to go to trial they just wanted closure."
"Mr. Pelham was out celebrating his achievements and recent promotion the night he was murdered," said Callihan.
Jharon Dixon, Tae-Von's brother was also charged in the murder. He pleaded to aggravated assault charges in September 2011 after the cases were separated.
Dixon pleaded to third degree murder and to a firearms violation. The 23-year old will serve 17-40 years in State Prison.
"This is the best I felt since July 11, 2010," said Edwards.