Harvey J. Mitchell, 32, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to murder and weapon charges.
Keya Mitchell, 34, had left her husband and was living with her mother in Cedarwood Apartments in August 2012. Although she had requested an order of protection, the petition was withdrawn July 10.
In the early hours of Aug. 19, 2012, Mitchell forced his way into the apartment and shot Keya Mitchell in front of her mother, Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar said.
She was shot three times before Mitchell left. When arrested a short time later, Mitchell still had the murder weapon and had the victim’s blood on his shoes, Homlar said.
The couple had been separated for several months, and Mitchell was following his estranged wife on the night of the shooting, said defense attorney Michael Arrington, of the public defender’s office.
When he overheard her saying she was going to leave him permanently, Mitchell retrieved the handgun from his car and went into the apartment.