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A New Hampshire Woman Complained About Noise from Her Son’s PlayStation. So, He Stabbed and Set Her on Fire.

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder After Killing Mother in Video Game Dispute
Source: Goffstown Police Department; Unsplash

Thomas Humphrey was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his mother, authorities said.

Jun. 9 2024, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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A 47-year-old man was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison recently for killing his mother over her complaint that he was playing his video games too loudly, according to the New Hampshire Department of Justice.

Thomas Humphrey was living in his mother's basement in Goffstown at the time of the killing last year.

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Linda Tufts, 70, had recently given Humphrey a PlayStation for his 47th birthday.

Prosecutors said Humphrey stabbed Tufts multiple times following an argument about the volume of his video games. He then lit her body on fire.

Humphrey recently pleaded guilty to the charges of second-degree murder and felony arson, after previously pleading not guilty.

"This is, as I said in my more than a decade on the bench, one of the most brutal murders that I've presided over," Judge William Delker said before delivering the sentence.

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“The brutality of this crime simply makes it too dangerous not to impose a very lengthy state prison sentence,” Delker said.

Humphrey was sentenced to 40 years to life for the murder conviction, and received a consecutive suspended sentence of 5 to 10 years on the arson conviction.


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