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June 29, 2005

Lakeland - It's been almost two years since Walter Lee Anderson Junior brutally murdered his wife Annette and Jody Graham. Now their families say they finally have some sense of closure. "I'm just thankful that this is going to be over with," said Joseph Royal, Graham's Father.

On the morning of October 6, 2003, Anderson strangled his wife Annette and left her in the woods off Highway 135, then ran to a nearby home where he stabbed the housekeeper Jody Graham with a kitchen knife, and strangled her with a vacuum cleaner cord. As part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to both murders Wednesday and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. "It was two dreadful, brutal murders and I'm glad he won't be out on the streets ever again," said District Attorney Cathy Helms.

One by one, family members of both victims told the court how Anderson's actions impacted their lives. "She's lost out on seeing her first grandchild, she won't see her baby daughter graduate," said Royals.

Evelyn Hill says she not only lost her sister, but also a brother-in-law. "Like many other married couples they did have disagreements, but I never thought it would come to this point," said Hill.

She says she'll never forget how Anderson took her sister away, but she has forgiven him and is glad he didn't receive the death penalty. "I want him to be aware that he'll have to stand before another judge, God Almighty one day, and we want him to know that God will also forgive him," said Hill.

And although they'll never get over what he did to their loved ones, these families can find some comfort knowing he'll never do it anyone else.

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