- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a 76-year-old woman who died in a fire at her home.

District Attorney Hal Kittrell’s office said in a statement that 39-year-old Timothy Frank Taylor, of Purvis, pleaded guilty Friday to a murder charge before Judge Anthony Mozingo sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1svA8yd ) that Taylor was charged in the death of Claudette Ezell after the May 13, 2013, fire in her Purvis home led to an arson investigation.

Kittrell said Ezell’s relatives agreed with the decision not to seek the death penalty against Taylor in exchange for his guilty plea.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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