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The former pastor, accused of s*xually abusing two women at a Catholic grocery store on the outskirts of St. Louis and then killing a third when he denied his s*xual requests, confessed Friday to first degree murder and others. charges of guilt.

Thomas Bruce guilty plea came just days before jury selection began in a trial that was due to begin on November 19, 2018, due to the Ballwin, Missouri bombings.

He received a mandatory unconditional prison sentence, eleven additional life sentences and four 15-year sentences.

During Friday’s hearing, Bruce appeared to be practicing reading a piece of paper in his hand. But after the victims read his statement of effect, Bruce told the judge that he had nothing to say and began to cry, according to KSDK-TV.

Bruce, now 56, had been on the run for two days before his arrest, which led to the closure of some schools, churches and shops.

He pleaded guilty to first degree murder, eight offenses with firearms, first degree double sodomy, first degree triple kidnapping, robbery and attempted first degree sodomy.

Authorities said Bruce, armed with a gun, forced the three women into a back room of the store, asked them to undress, exposed himself, and ordered them to “commit sneaky s*xual acts with him,” the men wrote. detective in a criminal complaint.

Two of the women followed, but Jamie Schmidt, 53, of House Springs, refused. Then he shot him in the head, the prosecutor said. He ordered the other women to continue their s*xual acts with him, then he escaped, apparently able to adjust to a busy street in broad daylight.

The two women attacked in the shop read the statements on the impact of the victims on Friday, describing their experiences on that day and in the years that followed.

Schmidt’s husband and relatives also described the pain caused by his death.

“In a way, my children lost two parents that day. I have never been the same since, “said Schmidt’s husband.

After the hearing, St. Louis County District Attorney Wesley Bell congratulated the two women for confronting Bruce to read his testimony.

“The courage they showed, the strength, I don’t know if I could have done it under the circumstances,” Bell said. “Of course, it’s a blessing that you’re still here, because it could have been different.”

Attorney at the time of the crime, Bob McCulloch, said he did not believe the shop was targeted for religious affiliation, only that Bruce “saw an opportunity: only three women in the shop.”

Then St. Louis County Sheriff Jon Belmar said the crime “shocked the senses.”

Missouri Secretary of State identified

Bruce as the operator of a nonprofit church founded in 2003 that was dissolved in 2007. Pastor David Fitzgerald of Calvary Chapel in Maryland Heights told The Post-Dispatch that Bruce was the pastor of Calvary Chapel in Cape Girardeau in southeastern Missouri at this time.

Bruce was also a Navy veteran, according to his LinkedIn page.

Schmidt of House Springs was a married mother of three who worked as a secretary at a community college. She was active in the Catholic Church of St. Anthony of Padua in High Ridge, and her friends said she might be in the shop to buy rosary supplies for parishioners.

As part of the request, Jefferson County attorneys agreed to drop kidnapping, s*xual abuse, robbery and stalking charges for assaulting a 77-year-old woman, weeks before the Catholic Supply attack.

The woman was attacked at her home near Hillsboro, another eastern Missouri city not far from Bruce in Imperial. She later recognized Bruce in her photo of her after the attack on a Catholic shop that led to allegations in January 2019.

Jefferson County District Attorney Trisha Stefanski said in a press release Friday that she had agreed to drop the charges and was ready to move on. Stefanski said her office and her victim agreed that mandatory life without parole is “a satisfactory solution.”