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Handyman who killed a woman and tried to hide her body in septic tank sentenced in court

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Photo courtesy: Martin County Sheriff’s Office

(STUART, Florida)– Keoki Demich, 34, the handyman accused of killing a woman and hiding her body in her home’s septic tank in Jensen Beach earlier this year, pleaded guilty to murder.

Demich was arrested in March by Martin County Sheriff’s deputies after they discovered the body of a woman, 57-year-old Cynthia Cole, who had been reported missing by a friend.

Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty as Demich was charged with first-degree murder, burglary of an occupied dwelling with an assault or battery, sexual battery involving great force, third-degree grand theft, and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Due to technicalities, the state is no longer pursuing execution, according to Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer.

After his guilty plea, Demich was given 3 consecutive life sentences and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.