SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A man who stabbed his stepdaughter to death in a crime that shocked the community and got national media coverage is now out of prison.
Reginald Carlton Weeks, Jr., killed Brittany Loritts less than ten years ago. Loritts was found stabbed in the neck in her Scales Street home in July, 2005.
5 weeks later her stepfather, Reginald Weeks, Jr., was arrested and charged with murder.
A little over two years later, Weeks entered an Alford plea to reduced charges of Second Degree Murder and Second Degree Rape. Weeks was sentenced to about 9 years with the rape charged being consolidated with the murder charge.
An Alford plea allows a defendant to plead to lesser charges without actually admitting guilt.
After the plea agreement was reached, Brittany's family wanted more.
"He got away with murder, you know," Brittany's grandmother said after the plea agreement.
The story of the popular high school student's murder was the focus of two separate nationally televised crime shows on the Investigation Discovery Channel. The shows "Nightmare Next Door," and "Redrum" both told the story of the murder.
Weeks was released from prison on January 20 of this year and is now on probation. The maximum sentence Weeks could have served would have been eleven years and eight months.
Weeks was in the Rowan County Courthouse on Wednesday to set a date for a parole review.