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Macon Man Pleads Guilty in 2005 Burning Death
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A Macon man who admitted killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire with gasoline now faces life in prison.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Jomekia Pope pleaded guilty to three charges: malice murder, felony murder and first-degree arson.

Back in August 2005, he was charged with dousing Latosha Taylor with gas, then setting her house on fire. It happened after a birthday party for one of her children.

She died nearly two months later at the Augusta Burn Center.

During a brief hearing, he told Judge S. Philip Brown that he was not pleading guilty because he was in fact guilty, but that he had evaluated the situation and decided it was in his best interest.

Some members of Taylor's family attended the hearing but declined comment.

Lawyers expect Pope to be sentenced next week.

Judge Philip Brown could sentence him to life without parole or life with possible parole.

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