"I will plead guilty," Tim Holland told Judge Paula Manderfield.
With four simple words, he ends one half of a year long investigation.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree guilty, saying that though his wife Lisa killed Ricky, he knew she was abusing him so violently that his death was a real possibility and did nothing.
As a requirement of the plea deal, Tim Holland will testify against his wife Lisa. He will also testify if others are charged in connection with the case. There are indications that will happen in the coming months.
"Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?" Manderfield asked.
"Yes ma'am," Holland answered.
On the witness stand, he described a household he compares to a concentration camp, recounting story after story, of his wife Lisa's abuses against their adopted son Ricky.
"Her and her father had handcuffed him to the bed," he said, crying as he described one incident.
He admits he did nothing despite years of concern.
"Did you take him to the doctor?" his attorney, Frank Reynolds asked.
"No," Holland answered.
"Should you have taken him to the doctor?” Reynolds followed.
"Yes sir," Holland responded.
He sobbed as he described finding his son, July 1, dead, on his bed, and then helping his wife hide the body and cover up the murder.
"I was trying to protect her and my children. I thought if I loved her enough, or came home enough, she would change," Holland explained.
Tim Holland's sentencing is scheduled for November 1. Guilty of second degree murder, he faces life in prison.