Cortez Hamilton pleaded guilty after killing his wife with a hammer

KENT COUNTY, Del. - A horrific case continues to unfold one that we've been following for years.

It all began to surface back in 2015. A Smyrna man, Cortez Hamilton allegedly used a hammer to kill his wife, Keisha Hamilton. 

Now, three years later, the family is finally getting some closure. 

The Department of Justice says Cortez Hamilton pleaded guilty on Friday, January 19th to 2nd Degree Murder, which carries a possible sentence of 15 years to life. 

When we pressed the state for more information, we were told that no more information can be disclosed. 

Even the defense was silent, opting instead to wait until sentencing is complete.

Now for some background, it all started with an amber alert.

On January 10, 2015, an Amber Alert buzzed out for the couple's two missing children, four-year-old Colette Hamilton and her brother Cortez Jr. while a Gold Alert was issued for Keisha. 

Within 24 hours, investigators were able to track Cortez down with his children in Indiana. 

The children were found in good condition and Hamilton was later sent to Delaware.

At the time, he was only charged with second degree assault.

But as the case continued to unfold and details started to unravel, state police added first degree assault, deadly weapon possession during commission of a felony and two counts of endangering a child's welfare. 

Investigators say Cortez killed his wife with a hammer in front of his children before he took off across the country.

Back in 2015, 47 ABC spoke to Keisha's sister, Janelle Foster, who says, "We love her very dearly and we're not going to stop until we see Cortez sentenced."

As for Keisha' body, it's still missing. 

But one thing is certain, Cortez Hamilton has pled guilty and the family may finally get some peace of mind. 

Three years ago, her sister told us that this wasn't just about justice for Keisha, it was about bringing Keisha home. 

That same sister declined an interview today but she told us she would talk when she was ready. 

The sentencing for Hamilton is scheduled for March 28th.

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