The man who raped and murdered his 7-year-old cousin, Cookie Dean, just yards from her Laurel home back in 1985 pleaded guilty in court Thursday.
Reginald Calhoun is already serving a life sentence for another murder he committed over 20 years ago.
Police investigator Layne Bounds says once authorities questioned Calhoun a second time about the Dean case he was ready to confess to a murder that had haunted him for years.
Cookie's mother Willie Mae Dean says she has only one request of the man who murdered her daughter: that he get saved. She says she has forgiven him.
Jones County District Attorney Anthony Buckley says he's glad the family now has closure after 21 years.