TAMPA (FOX 13) - Former professional wrestler, Bryan McGhee did what many inmates have tried to do, he dodged the death penalty while it remains in limbo in the state.
Hillsborough Public Defender Charles Traina explained the plea deal to the judge, " Mr McGhee would be sentenced to Florida State Prison without the posibilty of parole and the state would withdraw their intention to seek the death penalty."
Prosecutors say three years ago, Bryan McGhee stabbed his ex-girlfriend Bianca McGauhey to death, while she was on the phone with his wife.
Assistant State Attorney Ronald Gale had every intent of showing this was a heinous, malicious act, describing how she was caught off guard while walking her dog.
"He walked up to Ms. McGauhey and immediately attacked her with a knife, " said Gale.
He said the victim had no idea what was coming,
"Ms. McGauhey held the phone up to Mr. McGhee and said something to the affect of 'here there is someone who wants to talk to you' she was in fact talking to Mr. McGhee's wife who was concerned for his safety. Mr. McGhee began attacking Ms. McGauhey without saying a word, " explained Gale.
When the knife broke, they say he went back to car to grab another one and continue the attack.
Prosecutor say he then bragged about it, "there were also admissions made on social media. Made by Mr. McGhee specifically on Facebook, " said Gale.
He also posted bloody pictures of McGauhey after the attack.
While McGhee avoided the possibility of death row he will never leave prison.
Hillsborough Judge Samantha Ward made it crystal clear to the defendant, "do you understand in the State of Florida life, means life?"
"Yes ma'am, replied McGhee.
His formal sentencing will be scheduled soon. The victim's family will be allowed to give victim impact statements during that time.