A man charged with shooting and killing his parents pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday.
Bryan Gregory Spence is accused of killing his parents, Joseph and Beverly Spence in March and then staging it to look like a break in and leaving the gas on the try to blow up the house. Family and church friends of Joseph and Beverly were here in court this morning. Joseph and Beverly were very well known and loved in their community. Spence spoke in court on Tuesday and apologized to family members. He will serve two life sentences consecutively.
Spence's family said they're relieved Spence took responsibility for the murders, but it was hard to listen to his apology. Spence faced his family Tuesday and said "sorry is insufficient."
"You know I've done this about a decade and this is probably one of the most clearly pre-meditated homicides I've ever seen," ADA Kevin Gray from the Tulsa County DA's office said. "There was a lot of planning that went in to this. He had a lot opportunity to think about it, a lot of opportunity to back out, a lot of opportunity to stop and change his mind, and at every step he didn't."
The judge ordered Spence's two life sentences to run back to back.
"The outcome is appropriate. This is just a tragic case," Gray said. "A family is impacted in some pretty horrible ways that the same family is obviously related to both the suspect and the victims. I can't begin to fathom how awful that would be for that family."