Man admits torching woman in elevator

19:55, Nov 07 2012
A surveillance photo provided by the New York Police Department shows a homicide suspect in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A woman burned to death in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building after a man ambushed her, sprayed her with liquid and set her alight.
AMBUSHED: A surveillance photo provided by the New York Police Department shows a homicide suspect in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A woman burned to death in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building after a man ambushed her, sprayed her with liquid and set her alight.

A New York City man has pleaded guilty to fatally burning an elderly woman inside the elevator of her apartment building.

Prosecutors announced early today that Jerome Isaac had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, arson and torture in the December 2011 death of Deloris Gillespie in Brooklyn.

The plea bargain calls a sentence of 50 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Isaac attacked the 73-year-old woman because he believed she owed him money. They say he doused her with petrol, lit her on fire and then threw a firebomb inside the elevator.

The attack was recorded on a security camera.

Isaac is scheduled to be sentenced on November 30.

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