WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida man charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend and her two children has pleaded guilty to avoid the possibility of a death sentence.
Clem Beauchamp, 38, of Delray Beach, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder Friday in a Palm Beach County courtroom. He was immediately sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Beauchamp was accused of killing Felicia Brown, 25, Jermaine McNeil, 10, and Ju'Tyra Allen, 6, in 2010.
Brown's body was found in a West Palm Beach landfill. Her children's bodies were found stuffed inside luggage in a canal bordering Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
Beauchamp's plea comes just before jury selection in his murder trial was scheduled to begin Monday.
The convicted felon faced a potential death sentence if he went to trial.
Court documents filed in 2011 showed that Beauchamp confessed to killing Brown while in a U.S. Marshals Service cell block awaiting a court appearance in West Palm Beach.
Beauchamp was already serving a 10-year federal prison term for possessing an illegal handgun silencer.