Steve Pratt of Atlantic City, NJ had just served a thirty (30) year prison sentence for killing his neighbor after an argument. He rung the neighbor’s doorbell on October 11, 1984 and shot him dead.
Fast forward, thirty (30) years later and Pratt is now 45 when he is released, and he returned to the Atlantic City neighborhood where his 64-year-old mother resided (pictured inset above). Neighbors said the woman took the bus to work religiously at 6:00 am every morning, never could they have imagined she’d loose her life at the hands of her son, two days after he was released from prison.
On the Sunday morning after Pratt’s release, police found Gwendolyn dead from blunt force trauma to the head. Pratt was charged, and at his initial court appearance, he wept.
“I have failed,” Pratt told the judge, his voice barely audible, the Press of Atlantic City reported. “I don’t want a trial. I’m guilty.”
Lawd have mercy Jesus, this story is sad and heart breaking!
Pratt officially pleaded guilty to manslaughter this week. He is expected to be sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to the Associated Press.