CLEVELAND--A last-minute guilty plea might have spared a serial killer from the death penalty.
Robert Rembert apologized to the families of his four victims before judge Joan Synenberg handed down his sentence.
He turned to the family members and said, "There's nothing I can possibly say to you change what happened or why I did it. All I can say is I'm sorry and ask that you just pray for me. I'm sorry."
48-year-old Rembert offered no explanation, only that brief apology. He has been in jail since 2015 when DNA evidence tied him to the strangulation deaths of Rena May Payne, who was killed in 1997, and Kimberly Hall, the mother of a young son who according to her mother, Kathy Campensa, became a drug addict, "and that was what caused her demise. "
Rembert also killed his cousin, Jerry Rembert, and another woman, 26-year-old Morgan Nietzel. He lived with them at the time.
Jerry's wife told the judge during sentencing Tuesday, "We helped him. But this is how he repaid me. I'm trying to get closure for my grandbabies. my grandbabies miss their pop-pop so much."
The most jarring moment in all statements family members made this morning came from Robert Thomas, whose daughter Morgan lost her life at Rembert's hands.
"It's not just the pain he caused with the loss of our daughter...it's our grand... (cries) ..we've got a 6-year-old grandson that wants to kill himself to be by his mother."
Robert Rembert spent 6 years in prison for a killing a man back in 1997.
On Monday, he changed his plea to guilty in this case, and was sentenced to 30-years to life in prison.