CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Rand man has pleaded guilty to the shooting death of another man last year.
Brent Burdette, 20, was arrested after William Cordle III of Rand was shot July 12 on Elaine Drive.
A pre-trial hearing was scheduled Thursday before Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King. Burdette told the judge that, instead, he had entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. His trial was to begin Monday.
Burdette pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence. In exchange for that plea, prosecutors have asked the judge to grant mercy, which means Burdette will be eligible to go before a parole board after serving 15 years.
Burdette kept his head bowed through most of the proceedings. A large group of the victim's family and friends were seated in the courtroom, and clutched arms and wiped tears during the hearing.
Twice, Burdette asked the judge to stop the hearing. The first time he responded to King's question as to whether he had adequately considered his plea.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" King asked him.
"Your Honor, I don't have any good options out there," Burdette said.
"You do have options," King said.
"Yes, but they don't end very well," Burdette responded.