Grandson pleads guilty in grandparent's death

A Pikesville man, who fled to Oklahoma in 2012 after his grandparents were found beaten and stabbed to death in their home, pleaded guilty in the killings and received a life sentence on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Matthew Long, 33, killed Vaughn Pepper, Sr., 87, and Marjorie Pepper, 85, prosecutors said. The couple was discovered in their long-time Olmstead Road home in the Pikesville on Sept.10, 2012 after a concerned neighbor called police.

Prosecutors said the couple had been beaten and suffered head, neck and chest wounds, and that they had been dead for several days by the time they were discovered. Police said the murder weapons were a pair of 20-pound dumbbells and a knife.

Long, who lived with his grandparents, was not at the home when police arrived, and had taken their car, cash and other items the house. Authorities found Long in a motel room in Weatherford, Okla. Sept. 11, after an apparent suicide attempt.

Inside his hotel room, authorities found an unsigned note that read, "I am sorry for everything. Please forgive me."

Prosecutors said he confessed to the killing when he was interviewed by detectives.

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