Pulaski County strangulation suspect pleads guilty

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - A Pulaski County murder suspect changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.

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Sister station WKYT was at the Pulaski County Courthouse Friday, where Bradley McMahan changed his plea to counts of murder and burglary.

McMahan was arrested in November 2018 in connection to the strangulation of Johnnie Faye Davis, 59, of Eubank. Davis is the mother of a woman McMahan used to be in a relationship with.

Davis had custody of her daughter's children, who were home with her at the time of the murder and witnessed McMahan walk in with a mask and strangle her to death. Davis pulled off his mask before she died, which made it possible for one of the children to identify McMahan.

McMahan has a previous domestic assault conviction in Knoxville, in which he attacked the same ex-girlfriend.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 26. The recommended sentence is life in prison with the chance of parole after 25 years.

Commonwealth Attorney Eddy Montgomery said this does not guarantee parole, and added that at one point the death penalty was considered.

"At least this lets them move on. If we had a death penalty, it would be another year or two away with 20 years of appeals. This way, he pled guilty and he has admitted his guilt and hopefully, they can move on. This is going to take them a lot of years to get over this," said Montgomery.

Family members will give victim impact statements in March.