According to court documents the mother of Nancy Williams would report her sixty nine year old daughter missing after she did not hear from her for a couple of days. Police would go to her home and would discover the body of Nancy Williams with multiple gunshot wounds in the garage.
Nancy Williams seventeen year old neighbor Jeremiah Murphy was immediately thought as a suspect and the teen killer would tell police that he and another person had broken into Nancy Williams home and the other person would shoot and kill the elderly woman. Police would later learn that there was no other person and Jeremiah Murphy was responsible
Jeremiah Murphy would be arrested, plead guilty and sentenced to forty years in prison
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A Crestview man who murdered his elderly neighbor in 2018 at the age of 17 was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday.
Jeremiah Murphy, 21, took a plea to the May 26, 2018, murder of 69-year-old Nancy Williams. He previously faced a life sentence.
Williams was reported missing by her mother two days after she was killed, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy tried to make contact with Williams at her home on the 4100 block of Painter Branch Road. All the doors were locked and no one was around, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office then discovered Williams’ body with gunshot wounds in the detached garage near the home.
After further investigation, Murphy was named a suspect in the murder.
Murphy told deputies that he and one other person went into the home to commit a burglary. Murphy added the other person was the shooter.
Investigators eventually determined that Murphy was the shooter, where he then was charged with felony murder.
Investigators say Murphy used to date the victim’s granddaughter and had been to the home several times before.
Since Murphy was a teen at the time of the incident, his sentence can be reviewed at 25 years. That does not mean his sentence will be reduced.
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A Florida man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend’s grandmother in 2018.
Jeremiah Murphy, who was 17 at the time, reportedly killed the 69-year-old grandmother of his ex-girlfriend. The victim did not approve of her granddaughter dating Murphy and between May 26th and May 28th, Murphy allegedly shot and killed the woman at her home, according to the State Attorney’s Office
Officials said shell casings found on the scene matched a .380 pistol which belonged to Murphy’s parents. Police said Murphy told them he and another person were planning to burglarize the home and that, after the shooting, Murphy stole her vehicle and left the scene.
Due to Murphy’s age at the time, he is entitled to a review of his sentence after 25 years.
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A man who murdered his 69-year-old neighbor when he was 17 has been sentenced to serve a minimum of 40 years in state prison.
Jeremiah Murphy, now 21 years old, entered into a negotiated plea agreement to the charge of first-degree felony murder on Wednesday, State Attorney Ginger Bowden Madden announced in a press release.
The State Attorney’s Office decided to charge Murphy as an adult based on the seriousness of the offense, according to previous reports.
Pursuant to Florida law, he is entitled to a review of his sentence after 25 years due to his age at the time of the offense. He previously faced a life sentence after shooting and killing Nancy Kirk Williams at her Crestview home on May 26, 2018.
Williams was the grandmother of Murphy’s ex-girlfriend. Evidence showed that she did not approve of her granddaughter dating Murphy, according to the State Attorney’s Office.
Williams’ body was discovered in a detached garage after her mother filed a missing persons report May 28. She had been shot multiple times.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed the fired shell casings at the scene were from a .380 pistol, which belonged to Murphy’s parents, according to the State Attorney’s Office.
Murphy was arrested May 29, three days after the shooting. He told Okaloosa County sheriff’s investigators that that he and an unknown person planned to burglarize Williams’ home. After she was shot, Murphy stole her vehicle and fled the scene.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was responsible for the investigation.