Man pleads guilty to killing 80-year-old woman, stealing car

Man pleads guilty to killing 80-year-old woman, stealing car

CLARKSDALE, MS (WMC) - A Clarksdale man is in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to killing an 80-year-old woman, setting her home on fire, and driving off in her car.

The Coahoma County Circuit Court clerk confirms to WMC Action News 5 that Nathaniel Roberson pleaded guilty to theft and capital murder in the 2012 death of Ethel Lewis.

Roberson is waiting to be sentenced for the crime that shocked and infuriated many neighbors.

After he robbed and killed her at her home, Roberson was captured in Lewis' stolen car about 45 minutes away.

A tipster informed police that he heard Roberson bragging about the crime. Roberson was taken into custody after a brief chase and has since been in jail.

Lewis' home was in the heart of downtown Clarksdale. She was the second victim brutally attacked in a violent year for the city.

Roberson was 17 years old when he killed Lewis.

According to the court clerk, Roberson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison plus 10 years. No sentencing date has been set.

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