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Schilling: 'I made the ultimate mistake'

Investigators said Joshua Adams, 34, of Magnolia, MS; and Robert Criswell, 27, of Abita Springs, LA, were both killed in the Kiln at a home on Highway 43. (Photo source: WLOX) Investigators said Joshua Adams, 34, of Magnolia, MS; and Robert Criswell, 27, of Abita Springs, LA, were both killed in the Kiln at a home on Highway 43. (Photo source: WLOX)
Nicholas Schilling (Photo source: Office of District Attorney Joel Smith) Nicholas Schilling (Photo source: Office of District Attorney Joel Smith)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Nicholas Schilling will spend the rest of his life behind bars with no chance at parole after pleading guilty Monday morning to two counts of capital murder. The 23-year-old from Covington, LA was set to go to trial when he suddenly decided to change his plea.

Schilling admitted to shooting and killing Joshua Adams and Robert Criswell in the front yard of a home off Hwy. 43 in Kiln, Mississippi in 2011. The victims' bodies were found inside the cargo compartment of an SUV abandoned in the Abita Lakes Subdivision in Abita Springs, LA.

Schilling, his girlfriend, Jessica Falgout, and his roommate, Jesse Adams were all arrested in connection with the crime.

Adams is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for his role, and was prepared to testify this week that he saw Schilling shoot both men.

"Adams testimony included that Schilling then robbed the men taking large sums of cash, prescription medication, and stereo equipment" said ADA Chris Daniel, who prosecuted the case with Matthew Burrell.

Witnesses stated that Schilling later used the cash from the robbery to purchase a getaway car in Baton Rouge, LA.

Monday in court, Schilling apologized to the victims' families, saying, "I made the ultimate mistake of my life – I wish I could take it back. I would advise people not to do drugs. I apologize to these families and to my family as well."

Joshua Adam's wife also spoke to the judge, saying, "There are no words to describe the pain of having to tell Josh's children and his mother about this loss."

"The two victims didn't get to make a choice," Judge Bourgeois told Schilling. "Their life was taken during the course of this robbery. You will take your last breath in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections."

"These were heinous acts driven by drug use, greed and selfishness," District Attorney Joel Smith said. "This is an important day for these families as they seek justice for the loss of their loved ones. We appreciate the collaborative effort of the law enforcement agencies that ensured this conviction and that the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison."

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