SMITHSBURG -- Told that Douglas Pryor had pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two people, Merry Lehman of Leitersburg didn't hesitate.
"He is guilty and thank God he did the right thing (by pleading)," she said while shopping in Smithsburg.
Others had similar reactions to the conclusion of the case 17 months after Alison Munson, Pryor's ex-girlfriend, was stabbed to death and Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson was fatally shot.
Pryor admitted Friday he killed Nicholson and Munson. He also pleaded guilty to attempting to murder four police officers by shooting at them.
He was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences, with no possibility of parole.
"He probably deserves worse ..." Robert Smith of Smithsburg said. "He should have gotten the lethal injection."
Smith said he considered Nicholson "a pretty good cop."
Rochelle Morrell, executive director of Children's Village of Washington County, said she thought justice was done.
"Officer Nicholson was a volunteer instructor at Children's Village," Morrell said. "He was such a fine young man who related well to the children he taught."