Man Pleads Guilty to Double Killing

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A 20-year-old Lansing man has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the October 2004 shooting deaths of cousins Betsy and Brandy Lowe.

Levon Pate now faces 37 to 60 years in prison after making his plea Monday, prosecutors said. His sentencing will be Feb. 8.

Friends and family said Pate knew the victims, who were found shot Oct. 10, 2004, behind a shed in Lansing's Walsh Park.

"I hope we've brought some peace to the families of these girls," Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III told the Lansing State Journal.

In April, Pate was sentenced to 37 to 50 years in prison for his role in a shootout at a Lansing-area Red Robin restaurant. Pate fled into the restaurant Oct. 17, 2004, after police tried to stop him for questioning in the slayings of the Lowe cousins.

Betsy Lowe, 24, lived in DeWitt and attended Lansing Community College. Brandy Lowe, 21, of Grand Rapids, studied nursing at Grand Rapids Community College.

Pate's attorney, Joseph Brehler, declined to comment beyond describing the plea deal.