WINFIELD, W. Va. (CBSDC)– A man who shot and killed his girlfriend over interrupting his sleep was sentenced to life in prison for the murder.

Eric Brian Pauley, 50 of Winfield, reportedly used the defense while pleading guilty to first-degree murder, a charge brought up against him after the shooting that resulted in the death of 52-year-old Debra Rosiek.

Putnam County Circuit Court judge Phillip Stowers subsequently accepted the plea deal agreed upon before Pauley spoke, according to the Charleston Gazette.

During the hearing, Stowers reportedly questioned Pauley about the events leading up to the murder.

“She come [sic] in, flipped the light on and started hollering,” Pauley was quoted as saying by the paper in response.

He said he then grabbed his pistol, which was stored next to the bed, and shot her. The same night as the Sept., 2011 shooting, Pauley allegedly went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department to confess.

When responding officers found Rosiek’s body, she was already deceased, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

Pauley had been dating Rosiek for four years, and the couple had normally gotten along well, the Gazette learned.

The plea agreement stipulated that Pauley be sentenced to life in prison with mercy. As he has reportedly served 378 days in prison so far, he will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

Rosiek’s brother, Brad Booth, spoke just before the sentence was handed down.

“I never thought in my mind once about mercy for you, but mercy for my niece,” Booth was quoted as saying in reference to Roseik’s daughter, Misty Hall. “Just so she doesn’t have to go through a trial.”


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