FEBRUARY 12, 2013 MARIETTA John McNeil closes his eyes during a short prayer offered after his release. McNeil, who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his contractor, leaves the Cobb County Adult Detention Facility Tuesday, February 12, 2013 . Earlier in the day he plead guity to manslaughter before Cobb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Poole. The plea is expected to put an end to the appeal he has pending before the Georgia Supreme Court. McNeil was sentenced to 20 years but was released on 7 years time served, with 13 years of probation on Tuesday, just two days after the funeral for his wife who died of breast cancer. Kari Epp, the widow of the contractor, who now lives in Florida, sent word through the District Attorney's office, that she strongly objects to the deal. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM It was a bittersweet moment for this man, who has his freedom, but wasn� able to attend the funeral for his wife. Made with NIKON D3, 180mm, f/7, 1/80 sec, 1250 ISO.