Published: Apr 29, 2013 6:19 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 6:41 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Tracey Marazzi wept in court as Judge Thomas Reese informed John Maatsch, he would be spending the next 15 years behind bars.

Maatsch was required to plead no contest to 1st degree burglary and 2nd degree attempted murder to get the reduced sentence. If the case had gone to trial, Maatsch could have faced two life sentences.

Marazzi says she did not want her son, who witnessed the attack to have to re-live the incident on the stand in court. She says that is one reason she agreed with the prosecution to offer the plea deal.

Marazzi says now that Maatsch is behind bars, she can move on with her life.