Thirty years in prison was not enough time to teach one New Jersey man a lesson. In 2014, Steven Pratt was released from prison and two days later killed his mother, 64-year-old Gwendolyn Pratt.
According to an article released by ABC News, Pratt is now being sentenced to an additional 25-years in prison after admitting he was guilty in court.
In October 2014, Gwendolyn was found dead in her Atlantic City home shortly after throwing her son a welcome home party following his discharge.
While it seems odd that someone would murder their mother after graciously throwing them a welcome home party, authorities arrived and Steven was found at the scene.
An autopsy was performed and the results determined that she had suffered “massive blunt-force head injuries.”
The events unfolded only two days after he had been released from Bayside State Prison for murdering his neighbor, Michael Anderson, in 1984.
As a 15-year-old Pratt and his neighbor got into a heated argument over a noise complaint. Yes, a noise complaint. As a result, Pratt beat Anderson with a lead pipe and shot him with a handgun. In 1986, Pratt was tried as an adult and convicted of murder in 1988.
Following his second murder, Pratt, who is now 46, told the judge that he was guilty and did not wish to have a trial.
Due to New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, Pratt must complete 85 percent of his 25-year sentencing before he is eligible for parole.
Moral of the story: don’t be a noisy neighbor, and mothers, be careful throwing welcome home parties for your prisoner sons…it might come back to bite you (or kill you).