Gabe McDonald pleads guilty to murder of parents

ODESSA -- 3 p.m. Update: In court on Tuesday Gabe McDonald pleaded guilty to the murder of his parents.

Gabe took a plea bargain in the case.

As part of the bargain he now has a lesser charge of two counts of murder. The two 50-year sentences will be served concurrently.

Because this was a plea bargain a jury was not selected for this case.

The state of Texas who is represented by the Attorney General's Office and the Defense for Gabe met Tuesday at the Ector County Courthouse to come up with a plea deal.

That deal was brought forth to the judge of the 244 district court, Judge James Rush, who accepted the guilty pleas of McDonald in exchange for the two 50 year sentences that he will serve concurrently
in the lesser charges of murder.

Gabe McDonald was granted time served in the sentence.

He is now convicted in the murders of his adoptive parents Greg and Jana McDonald back in March 2016.

Justin Lowe, the attorney for Gabe McDonald shared the following statement regarding the sentencing:

"I believe Gabe made the right decision in this case. It was the best outcome we could get", he said.

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9:36 p.m. Update: Gabe McDonald was found competent to stand trial.

The trial will resume on Tuesday June 12.

10:30 a.m. Update: Justin Low, the attorney representing Gabe McDonald made a request for a chance of venue.

While the prosecution agreed with the request it was denied by Judge James Rush.
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One of two siblings accused of killing their parents will go on trial starting Monday morning.

Gabe McDonald is charged with killing his parents, Greg and Jana back in March of 2016.

Gabe's sister Grace is facing the same charge. Her trial is scheduled to be held later this year.

In 2017 Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland recused his office from the case and turned it over to the State Attorney General's Office for prosecution.

Bland stated that the move was made in the best interest of justice.

Jury selection for Gabe's trial is set to begin at 9 a.m.

CBS 7 will have the latest updates from this trial throughout the day at noon, 5, 6, and 10 p.m.