Jeremy Lee Moody, 31, and his wife, Christine, 37, smiled during Tuesday's hearing. They pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, gun charges and burglary and were both given two consecutive life sentences that mean they are likely to die in prison.
Christine Moody, addressing the Union County court, said she and her husband have a "fairy-tale love." Her husband begged for the possibility of parole "so we can still have the chance to grow old together."
Jeremy Moody blew a kiss to his wife during the hearing, and the couple embraced with a last kiss after sentencing.
The bodies of Charles Marvin Parker, 59, and Gretchen Dawn Parker, 51, were found in their home in Jonesville in July 2013. Both had been shot and stabbed.
Parker was a registered sex offender as a result of a conviction for assaulting a mentally challenged woman in 2003.
“Mrs. Parker was not on the sex offender registry. However, according to Mrs. Moody’s statement, they killed her just because she had the poor judgment to be with Mr. Parker. That was enough to justify executing Mrs. Parker in her living room,” Kevin Brackett, the prosecutor, said.
While Moody has white supremacist tattoos, his lawyers suggested the crime involved mental illness and a history of sexual abuse in his family. Moody himself told Judge Lee Alford the killings would not have happened if he had been correctly medicated.
The tattoos helped police find Moody and identify him as the man caught by a security camera at the Parker home.
Alford said the couple clearly planned and carried out the killings.
“I believe that if these two were to get out of jail, I would be concerned that they would do exactly the same thing again,” Alford said. “There isn’t any question about it.”
Both Jeremy and Christine Moody later said they were not sorry for their actions.
"Killing that pedophile was the best day of my life," she told reporters.