A man has admitted killing his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year-old son in the North Bay Shore apartment they shared a week before Christmas two years ago.

Jerry Lewis pleaded guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors have said the 25-year-old man fatally stabbed Shakeela Planter, 21, a dietician at Huntington Hospital, at her South Cardinal Court home on Dec. 18, 2011.

He also beat her son Jaiden to death and stuffed him in the freezer, police said at the time.

Lewis, a Jamaican immigrant, had fled to Maryland after the murders but was later extradited back to Long Island.

Judge Richard Ambro will reportedly sentence Lewis to 30 years to life in prison on April 3.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.