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Murder and Arson Charges for Mentally Ill Defendant

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

Jerome Isaac, 48, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to the horrific murder of 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie. Surveillance video reveals Isaac spraying liquid from a hose into an elevator where Gillespie was standing before torching her with a Molotov cocktail. Isaac claimed that the elderly woman owed him money for some odd jobs he had done for her.

While Isaac suffers from mental illness, he was found fit to stand trial. His sentencing was postponed in late November after he told a probation officer that he was hearing voices and that the devil made him commit the crime. However, a psychiatric evaluation found that he was capable of understanding the charges against him and that he was fit to be sentenced. Subsequently, Isaac was sentenced to 50 years to life behind bars for murder and arson.

In cases dealing with serious violent crimes, offenders are generally punished to the highest extent of the law.

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