MARION, Ohio — Convicted killer Shawn Grate pleaded guilty to the murder of 23-year-old Dana Lowrey in Marion County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

Grate entered guilty pleas to charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Grate was sentenced to life without parole, plus 16 years.

Judge Warren Edwards told Grate he should thank his attorney because had this case been tried as a death penalty case, he would have imposed that sentence without hesitation.

Lowrey’s home was in Louisiana and she was declared missing in May 2006.

Her remains were found in March 2007. Earlier this year, authorities identified those remains as Lowrey's.

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Grate was sentenced to death in 2018 for the murders of 29-year-old Elizabeth Griffith and 43-year-old Stacey Stanley.

Earlier this year, Grate pleaded guilty to killing two other women: Rebekah Leicy and Candace Cunningham.

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