EUGENE, Ore. - A robber who shot and killed a man during a home invasion robbery in January 2012 will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Robert P. Smith, 35, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated murder in the death of Terry Fruichantie, 48, of Cottage Grove.
Smith's accomplice, Kenneth Robert Lee, pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary and felon in possesion of a firearm. His sentencing date has not been set.
"He was growing medical marijuana, and they thought he had money," said Barbara Preuss, Fruichantie's mother.
The robbers left with nothing that night.
Preuss said her son was a truck driver for 25 years. He loved his dogs and the outdoors.
"We used to talk on the phone every day," she said. "I love him, I miss him, I just miss him more than anything."
Fruichantie was shot and killed January 13, 2012, by one of the masked men who forced their way into his home, demanding money.
"It was a home invasion robbery turned homicide," Detective Spence Slater said a day after the killing.
Smith and Lee were arrested 5 months later.
Smith faces life in prison for the killing. He was also sentenced to an additional 22 1/2 years on other charges.
Preuss would have preferred her son's killer got the death penalty.
"I'm tired of paying taxes for people like this that are getting 3 meals a day in jail, a nice warm place to sleep," she said, "while my son is 6 feet under the ground with a slab of granite on top of him."