Father pleads guilty to PRP triple slaying of ex-girlfriend, chi - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Father pleads guilty to PRP triple slaying of ex-girlfriend, children

Posted: Updated:
John Devine Sr. pleaded guilty Friday to the 2012 murders of his ex-wife and two children. John Devine Sr. pleaded guilty Friday to the 2012 murders of his ex-wife and two children.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man charged with the 2012 triple murder of his ex and two children in their PRP home pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 24.

On the morning of July 15, 2012, police say John Devine broke into the home of 26-year-old Sade Goldsmith, killing her and their young sons.

"You have a 5 and 6-year-old child that was murdered by their father. It sticks with you," said LMPD Homicide Detective Jon Lesher.

"We actually got the run as a possible burglary," he said.

Lesher led the investigation.

"He had actually shot himself after shooting all of his family," Lesher explained to WDRB.

Police say Goldsmith was Devine's ex and the mother of their two boys.

They believe he shot her first and then shot their sons, who were upstairs sleeping.

Police believe his intention was to then commit suicide by shooting himself in the upper chest, but he survived.

When Devine was taken into custody, Lesher says he confessed to everything.

"It was very cold and up front. I don't even know how to explain it. It was one of those that you can't believe what's coming out of someone's mouth like that," he said.

John Devine didn't have much to say in court on Friday. He spoke only when agreeing with the judge.

"Are you pleading guilty voluntarily?" the judge asked. "Yes," answered Devine.

"You're charged with three counts of murder, a capital offense," continued Judge Barry Willett.

Devine was given three life sentences with no parole and 20 years for burglary.

"It's an outcome I'm pleased with as well as the family and the commonwealth attorney," said Lesher.

Sade Goldsmith's sister spoke inside the courtroom Friday.

"My nightmares consist of what those boys went through," she said.

"She said it's very hard for her and her family. It's her only sister," added Lesher.

"Nothing will bring back the three victims but the outcome is not having to put the family through this and maybe this brings a little closure to them," he said.

"Anytime we deal with the homicide of any children, of course it stands out and you know and my heart goes out to the family."

Devine had been eligible for the death penalty.

Previous stories:

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

  • Closed CaptioningMore>>

  • Closed Captioning Message

    Thanks to a grant from Norton Healthcare, this story and others are available in real-time closed captioning on WDRB.
    Thanks to a grant from Norton Healthcare, this story and others are available in real-time closed captioning on WDRB.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.