Utah Man Pleads Guilty To Trapping Husband In House Fire & Murder
A Utah man confessed to trapping his husband in their home and setting it on fire.
48-year-old Craig Crawford pleaded guilty to first-degree felony counts of aggravated murder and aggravated arson. Speaking through his attorney Jim Bradshaw, he shared: "He has extreme remorse for the horrific act that he committed. He wants to give closure to the family that he hurt so badly and to the community."
The victim, 72-year-old restaurateur John Williams, had filled out a petition for a protective order against Crawford on May 21, 2016. Williams was in the process of evicting Crawford.
Crawford set the house on fire on May 22, 2016.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune:
Fire crews who responded to the early-morning blaze heard Williams cry for help from a bedroom on the fourth floor, according to charging documents.
However, firefighters were not able to reach the man because the staircase between the third and fourth floor was fully engulfed in flames and had collapsed.
Proscecutors will not be seeking the death penalty due to Crawford's guilty plea. A judge will determine whether Crawford will serve life in prison with or without the possibility of parole. Williams' family members told the judge they'll request that Crawford never be released.