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UPDATE: James Kroll sentenced to 75 years for murder

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© "I had a feeling Jeff and Mary would stop me. I only wanted to put them unconscious, and talk to Emily, and commit suicide. I never wanted anyone to die but me," said Kroll. © "I had a feeling Jeff and Mary would stop me. I only wanted to put them unconscious, and talk to Emily, and commit suicide. I never wanted anyone to die but me," said Kroll.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Sioux City man, James Kroll, Jr. started serving his almost 80-year sentence, Thursday. The 23-year-old was accused of breaking into a Sioux City home, killing Jeffery Moravek, 54, and severely injuring Mary Tope, 54, with a crowbar back in June.           

Kroll faced life in prison for first-degree murder, attempted murder, and burglary. But last month, pleaded guilty to lesser charges. The deal gave him a 75-year sentence, for second-degree murder and attempted murder.

In court, Kroll said the night of the murder he was trying to see his ex-girlfriend Emily Tope once more before committing suicide. He said he was off his anti-depressants and high on K2.

"I had a feeling Jeff and Mary would stop me. I only wanted to put them unconscious, and talk to Emily, and commit suicide. I never wanted anyone to die but me," said Kroll.

Kroll said he's deeply, and truly sorry for what he's done. But those words may have been lost on Moravek's daughters. They say their father's death left their lives in shambles.

"Personally, I feel very shattered by your actions. I'm not even a shadow of the person I was before this happened," said Allison Moravek.

Moravek's other daughter, Ashley, said she and her father were in the middle of mending a rough relationship. She says things were getting better right before he was killed. 

"More than anything I wanted self-love for my dad. I didn't get to witness that. But, oh, he was getting there," said Ashley Moravek.

Kroll will be ordered to pay restitution to the victims. He will have to serve 70% of his sentence before he's eligible for parole. That's about 52.5 years, time Kroll says he'll use to make himself a better person.

"I plan to write a book, get my GED, take college courses, and attend church, and overall, be the best and nicest person my family knows I am," said Kroll.

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