Man Who Fatally Torched 73-Year-Old Woman Sentenced to 50 Years to Life

Jerome Isaac murdered Deloris Gillespie in a Prospect Heights elevator in December, 2011.

DITMAS PARK, NY -- The man who covered an elderly woman with gasoline and then set her on fire while she was inside the elevator of a Prospect Heights building was sentenced Friday with 50 years to life in prison, District Attorney Charles Hynes announced. 

Jerome Isaac doused  and threw a Molotov cocktail into the elevator of her Underhill Avenue apartment building in December of 2011, all of which was caught on video on the elevator’s security camera. 

Isaac said that Gillespie owed him $2,100 for five months worth of cleaning work done in her apartment.

Isaac will not be eligible for parole for at least 50 years, when he is 98 years old, a spokeswoman for the DA's office said.

When the plea deal was announced in November, Gillespie's niece called the sentence a "profound disappointment."

Tracy Robinson said via e-mail the plea deal has renewed her anguish over the "blatant, cruel, and horrific" method of the murder, but added that as a "woman of faith,"she believes that "even this is in God's hands."

Shelia Hillsman, Gillespie's daughter, told the Daily News in October that she wished New York state had the death penalty, also would have liked to see a stiffer sentence so they could "do to him exactly what he did to my mother."


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exoticdoc2 January 15, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Gideon. Yes, we all do wrong things, but precious few murder and even fewer burn people alive in such horrific fashion over something as petty as money. This was not a "mistake," a term some people use to try and excuse such an action. This was EVIL. An especially heinous act for which he should be held accountable.
Marcheal Gideon January 15, 2013 at 06:01 AM
The bible should have nothing to do which this country only in church should it be considered,so don't come to me with this the bible says this and the bible says that crap.
Marcheal Gideon January 15, 2013 at 06:02 AM
God should have the decision to take life away and only him not mankind.
exoticdoc2 January 15, 2013 at 06:49 AM
Gideon. Honestly, correct your grammar, it is atrocious (that means bad). No one can separate their worldview/religion from the rest of their life, and it is naive to think it is possible. What use is God's Word if it is not put into practice? And again, in some of your posts you try and state what God would want, and in others you try to throw his Word out the window. Be consistent. Again, the death penalty for murder is biblical and holding people accountable is in no way unreasonable.
exoticdoc2 January 15, 2013 at 06:54 AM
Gideon. God has given us rules to live by and expects us to govern ourselves within those guidelines. The death penalty is a biblical concept, and if any deserve it then this guy does. Again, your arguments are inconsistent. Murder is wrong, the law executing a murderer is not. Try thinking of the victim instead of the scumbag for a change.


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