The man accused in the shooting death of his estranged girlfriend as she arrived at her Nederland daycare workplace in May 2012 has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors.
Travis Wade Smith, 38, is charged in the murder of 35-year-old Holly Crenshaw who had been shot in the head.
Smith surrendered to authorities.
The defendant told his lawyer to accept a 40-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. It means Smith would not be eligible for parole for at least 20 years in prison.
Sentencing is set for Wednesday before Judge John Stevens.