Man who murdered estranged restaurateur husband gets life without parole

Craig Crawford is shown at an earlier court appearance. Photo: Pool

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 31, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Craig Crawford, convicted of murdering his estranged husband by setting fire to the Capitol Hill home they had shared, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Third District Judge James Blanch was scheduled to announce the sentence for Crawford — who admitted lighting the May 22, 2016 fire that killed John Williams — at a hearing next month. Instead, he revealed his sentence in court on Thursday.

In June, Crawford pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and aggravated arson, both first-degree felonies. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors had recommended Crawford be spared the death penalty.

Williams, a beloved philanthropist who owned multiple upscale restaurants in Northern Utah, was 72 when he died of smoke inhalation. He married Crawford, now 48, in 2009.

Earlier in May, before his death, Williams had filed divorce papers and had an eviction notice served to Crawford.

John Williams
John Williams. Photo: Equality Utah Facebook page

 

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