James Watts, the man accused of killing two women and injuring another while attempting to rob the First National Bank of Cairo in May of 2014, will spend the remainder of his life behind bars.
Until Thursday, Watts had pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempted bank robbery resulting in death and being a felon in possession of a weapon.
But at a hearing in Federal Court in Benton, Watts agreed to a plea deal, and entered a guilty plea.
The terms of the deal call for Watts to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of two bank employees while attempting the robbery. On top of that, he must serve 10 consecutive years in prison for being a felon in possession of a weapon.
In exchange, the government agreed not to seek the death penalty in the case.
Two others connected to the case are still awaiting trial. Otha Watkins III could face the death penalty for his role in the crime. His first court appearance is next week. Sharita Tipler is currently out on bond.