Salt Lake City Utah Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Husband In House Fire
According to news reports, 48-year-old Craig Crawford accepted in court on Tuesday that he set the house on fire back in 2016 which left his estranged husband dead.
The individual who died in the fire incident was a reputed restaurant owner and an advocate for LGBT rights.
Crawford told that he set a four storey home on fire when he started a fire on the 2nd floor due to which the stairs collapsed, blocking the way out.
On 22nd of May, the home was set on fire at about 1 a.m.
72-year-old Williams was inside the home when it caught fire and the cops believed that he got trapped in it.
The firefighters who approached the incident spot could hear Williams’ begging for assistance, but didn’t succeed in reaching him in time to save his life. He died from smoke inhalation.
Crawford was living with Williams in that house for almost a year.
Under the plea deal, Crawford will not be sentenced to death as he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated arson, according to court officials.
He will be sentenced next month and he may be sentenced to spend life in jail. It is not confirmed whether he will be eligible for parole or not.
The prosecutors argued that Crawford set the house on fire when he came to know that Williams is making a plan to give him divorce. They got married back in 2009 and they were living together for almost 2 decades.
Investigators told that the police was notified about the fire by a neighbor. After she called the police, Crawford approached her and asked her to join him and watch the house burn down. He was calm during the entire time.
Individuals who saw the incident told the cops that they saw Crawford watering trees and plants around the home while the house was burning. However, he never tried to spray water on the house to put out the fire.
Williams’ relatives and Crawford’s attorney were unreachable for comments.
News Source: www.People.com