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Sister of homicide victim forgives killer as he accepts plea deal in Louisville courtroom

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Kenneth Pope appears in court to accept a plea deal from a 2015 murder case. Kenneth Pope appears in court to accept a plea deal from a 2015 murder case.
Kyiesha Jones offered words of forgiveness to the man who pleaded guilty to killing her brother in July of 2015. Kyiesha Jones offered words of forgiveness to the man who pleaded guilty to killing her brother in July of 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a homicide victim offers forgiveness to the defendant accepting a plea deal.

Kenneth Pope, 25, pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter in exchange for a 25-year sentence. Pope gunned down Tyron Jones after a dispute on the Fourth of July in 2015 in Beecher Terrace. Authorities originally charged Pope with murder -- a charge amended to manslaughter in the plea agreement.

Jones' sister spoke in the courtroom, thanking Pope for helping her see bigger things in life.

"I'm glad you stepped up as a man. I thank you. I thank you tremendously. Since that day, God has stepped up in my life so major. Every time I want to hate you, he does something so major, so powerful. I have blessings on top of blessings."

Jones' sister says she hopes Pope finds God in jail and finds his purpose in life.

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