Patrick Williams on Tuesday pleaded guilty except insane in the 2010 murder of Stella Streppa, and will serve up to 38 years in the Arizona State Hospital.
Williams, 20, was arrested after deputies went to the Chino Valley home of Streppa, 67, on a welfare check on Dec. 4 because a relative said she hadn't heard from Streppa recently.
When deputies went into the house in the 900 block of Sonshine lane, they found Streppa's body. She was wrapped in a carpet and stuffed into a living room closet. Streppa has been stabbed 23 times and had a broken jaw, broken ribs and a shattered skull.
Deputies noticed that Streppa's blue Chevy Silverado truck was missing, and issued an attempt-to-locate bulletin to local law enforcement agencies.
A deputy found Streppa's truck in the Granite Street Parking Garage in Prescott, saw Williams driving nearby in another vehicle, stopped him, and detained him for detectives.
They determined that he had befriended Streppa, and ultimately killed her. Williams was charged with first-degree murder, burglary and theft of a means of transportation.
Tuesday, he pleaded guilty except insane to second-degree murder, armed burglary and armed robbery.
Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley will hold his commitment hearing on Nov. 30. Williams faces between 16 and 38 years in the Arizona State Hospital.
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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It has taken two years and much wranglingl legally to get Williams sentenced to 38 yrs with no time granted for 2 yrs served in Camp Verde. Under Supreme Court rulings it was the best the judge could throw at him. The Streppa family has received great support from law enforcement and the general community and is grateful to all.
Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
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It is sad that it has taken a year to solve this case but Im just glad it has been solved for Streppa friends and family. LOCK HIM UP & THROW AWAY THE KEY