Franklin L. Grammer Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder
yesterday, a little more than a year after ambushing his estranged wife, Betty Jo Grammer, while she was painting a house in Fairway, Kansas, slapping her in a headlock and shooting her in the head, mortally wounding her.
Franklin Grammer also pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder for shooting another man.
Grammer was a fugitive from justice after the June 8, 2009, attack.
Grammer was later arrested
at a Econo Lodge in
Gorman, California, after an eight-hour standoff.
Grammer hung up on negotiators and wouldn't answer repeated calls.
Police fired tear gas in the room, where they found Grammer suffering
from a self-inflicted
gunshot wound to the upper body. A pistol was also found in the room.
is scheduled for August 11.
According to his plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to argue for a sentence of about 240 months.