"The commonwealth is happy with this result given that it'll be a final conclusion to the matter," said Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogel. "It is a plea of guilty. So Jeffrey Miles stood in court today and said that he had killed Kristy Hoke and [her] family was able to hear him say that."
The meeting set on Tuesday was a prelude to jury selection next week, however it turned into negotiations for a plea and changed the hearing. The agreed upon plea is guilty of murder, generally.
Court officials say the degree of guilty will be determined in a later trial and in exchange for this plea officials say the commonwealth would not be seeking the death penalty.
First and second degree murder both carry a maximum penalty of life in prison while third-degree murder carries a sentence of up to 40 years.
The district attorney says the commonwealth will be seeking the first-degree murder conviction.
"We're confident that the evidence that will be presented will substantiate that verdict by Judge Herman and that will carry a life sentence as well," said Fogel.
Meanwhile Miles's defense attorney says he feels confident they have enough evidence to get Miles a lesser conviction.
"He understands the nature of what he had done and disagrees in what he believes the commonwealth's evidence would prove," said Miles's Defense Attorney Eric Weisbrod. "He just wants to be able to come to court and tell the judge what happened and let the judge make the decision, which he believes will support a third-degree murder conviction."
Last year, Miles was also charged in the 1995 death of Angie Daley, a Waynesboro teen who had been missing for more than 20 years.
Prosecutors say Miles admitted to beating her to death and then dumping her body off of Route 16.
Miles plead guilty Tuesday to one count of criminal homicide with fines of up to $50,000. Court officials say Miles' degree of guilt will be determined on November 18, 2013.