TROY, N.Y. – A man at the center of a high profile murder case appeared in court on Friday.
Anthony Repp, 22, is the Schaghticoke man who is accused of beating his mother and stepfather to death on the Fourth of July in 2013.
On Friday, Repp pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder in the case. He faces 40 years to life in State Prison.
“I killed Cynthia Matala with a rock. My mother. Yes your honor,” said Repp.
The chilling confession was made on Friday in Rensselaer County Court. He describes using rocks to brutally beat his mother Cynthia Matala and stepfather Michael Matala to death outside their Schaghticoke home.
Perhaps just as eerie as his confession, the overwhelming evidence against him.
The 911 call that was made by Cindy Matala was literally the last words she said on this earth. She described her husband being killed. She described his killer as her son Anthony Repp,” said Assistant District Attorney Shane Hug.
After the murders, Repp hopped a train to Massachusetts where authorities ended up catching him.
Repp’s attorney says his client is mentally ill and he was not on medication at time of murder but is now on psychiatric medication.
“The 911 operator, whoever he, is was a real hero. He tried and tried and tried to get more information but she was gone,” said Terry Kindlon, Repp’s Attorney.
Repp’s sister was in court during the guilty plea, she was overcome by tears as his fate was determined.
As for the Matala family, prosecutors say they wanted justice without going to trial and having the family relive the pain of the gruesome ordeal.
“So while we’re happy with the resolution it’s also a sad day for the family,” said Hug.
Repp will be sentenced on January 29 at 9:30 a.m.