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She Asked An Intruder In Her Home If She Could Help Him. That Is When He Killed Her And Stole $10.

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Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Aug. 17 2022, Published 8:53 a.m. ET

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A man wandered through a Tennessee neighborhood and into someone’s home through a garage. When the 56-year-old woman inside asked if she could help him, he killed her and stole $10.

Now, he will spend more than three decades behind bars.

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Recently, a Tennessee judge sentenced Kurtell Williams, 25, to 35 years in prison for killing Susan Grissom in her Harbor Town, Tennessee home. Williams will not be eligible for parole, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

Williams pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, prosecutors said.

Grissom was shot and killed during a home invasion on Nov. 7, 2017, prosecutors said.

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According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Williams told police after his arrest that he was in the area looking for something to eat.

Investigators said Williams said he entered Grissom’s home through her open garage, according to the Commercial Appeal.

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Investigators said Williams said he entered Grissom’s home through her open garage, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Williams then claimed Grissom yelled at him and tried to grab a knife. That is when the suspect fired multiple shots. Williams robbed her of $10 to $15 and left.

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The victim’s husband later found her and called her 911, according to the Commercial Appeal. A witness helped identify Williams to police, who then arrested him.

Grissom lived much of her life in the Memphis area.

“Her passions included her faith in God, her family, travel, dining, Grizzlies basketball and enjoying live music,” according to her obituary and reported by the Commercial Appeal. “Susan believed in Memphis and loved living in the downtown community. She was a member of Downtown Church and spent the past 25 years of her career with Johnson & Johnson as a sales representative working with optometrists.”

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