HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — A former security guard at an assisted living facility in Hernando County entered a plea deal Wednesday to six felony charges in a 2014 murder case.
- Brian Murphy faced 6 charges, including 1st-degree murder
- Prosecutors say he beat 2 assisted living facility residents to death in 2014
- Murphy worked at assisted living facility as part-time security guard
Brian Christopher Murphy, 27, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering two people at the Atria at Evergreen Woods in Brooksville on March 27, 2014.
Investigators said Murphy, who was a weekend security guard at the facility, entered the rooms of two elderly residents and battered each resident with a blunt object.
The victims, Miriam Lepp, 88, and Joseph Giambrone, 83, died from their injuries.
After beating the two residents, a nurse spotted Murphy and alerted security. The security guard on duty that day, Jonathan Sousa, engaged Murphy and ended up in a struggle with the suspect.
Deputies arrived shortly after and arrested Murphy.
The charges to which Murphy pleaded were:
- Two counts of premeditated first-degree murder
- Burglary of a dwelling while armed of a person 65 or older
- Burglary of a dwelling with assault
- Burglary of an occupied structure
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon