Guilty plea in Palmer Courtroom

Published: May. 8, 2017 at 7:46 PM AKDT
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Today in a Palmer courtroom, Joshua Beebe pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Christopher Seaman in June 2015.

Beebe was charged with a total of six felonies relating to Seaman’s death and another two felonies for a robbery on June 17 of that year during which another man was hurt. Seaman was found dead in his car near Big Lake in late June 2015.

The prosecutor is recommending a sentence of 60 years in prison with 25 years suspended. There will be no opportunity for discretionary parole.

Terria Walters, the victim's mother, says she wishes Beebe's sentence was a little longer but says she didn’t want to be dragged through a trial.

“I have peace in this all together. I just didn’t want to go to trial, just all the things that come along with a trial and seeing pictures of my son and all of that stuff, pictures of my son, dead. That's what I didn’t want to see,” Walters says. “He [Beebe] won't be out for 23.3 years. I'll be nearly 70 when he's released and I can only hope that he gets his life together,” Walters says.

Under the plea agreement, all other charges will be dropped.

Beebe will be sentenced on August 17, which is also the victim's birthday. Walters wanted Beebe to be sentenced on that day. During an interview, Walters said, “My son's birthday is August 17th. Joshua Beebe was arraigned on my son's birthday and I want him sentenced on his birthday and that's when his sentencing will be.”