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Merhige pleads guilty: Judge accepts

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A judge has just sentenced Paul Michael Merhige to seven consecutive life sentences after accepting his guilty plea.

Stay tuned to Fox 29 on-air and online as we bring you more coverage.

Previously: A possible big turn in a high profile murder case could happen Thursday.

A plea deal could be in the works for Paul Michael Merhige. He's accused of killing four of his own family members in Jupiter on Thanksgiving night in 2009.

Fox 29 has learned that the death penalty could be off the table as part of this deal, which is expected to be laid out in a hearing today at 12:30 p.m. in Palm Beach County court.

WFLX photojournalist Jim Sitton's daughter was killed during the Thanksgiving day shooting.

Sitton says the state attorney's office plans to offer Merhige seven consecutive life sentences for a guilty plea, but plans to possibly take the death penalty out of the picture.

Sitton doesn't agree with the possible move.

He may ask for any plea deal to be postponed because he tells us he hasn't had time to prepare for this turn in the case.

It's unclear why this plea deal could be offered now.

Merhige was expected to go trial in January.

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