OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Debra Spratlin and her daughter Laura watched as 24-year-old Malcum Allen plead guilty to capital murder in a Lee County courtroom Tuesday afternoon in the death of her husband, Walter Cade Spratlin Jr.
"He was a good man and he didn't deserve this, and I was just wanting it to be over, wanting all of this to end so now me and my daughter can move on with our lives," Spratlin said.
Allen is charged with fatally shooting Spratlin at his business, Cade's Custom's Exhaust, in Opelika on April 11, 2012.
Spratlin suffered two gunshot wounds to the head and one in the side after he refused to give Allen money during a robbery.
"I'm never going to understand why. For the money I am assuming, which is stupid. I wish he would have just given him the money, maybe he would still be here, but then again you never know and I won't ever know," explained Spratlin.
Allen was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the capital murder charge and 48 months for theft in the first degree.
Spratlin says her husband was a happy avid outdoors man who loved his family, and she says they miss him every day.
"We hope to have a little bit of closure and not having to worry about whether he is going to hit the streets again is the biggest thing and I know he's not," Spratlin said. "Not for a long time so he can't do this to anyone else and that makes me feel a whole lot better."