A Wisconsin woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her grandmother and setting the house on fire in 2021.
Woman Killed Her Grandmother
Elizabeth Durkee, 37 years old, will now face life in prison after she pleaded guilty to killing her grandmother in 2021 and setting the house on fire. According to a filed complaint, the incident happened on the morning of June 11, 2021 at a home on Foster Street.
Fort Atkinson Police and Fire responded immediately at the scene. It was reported that a neighbor told Fort Atkinson Police Officer Ryan Walters that a heavyset female and young child left prior to the fire, according to a published report in TRUE CRIME DAILY.
Police authorities said that the fire department was able to suppress the fire but they found a gruesome discovery. They saw a human body through the window. The victim’s daughter said that her daughter Elizabeth and her daughter had been living with the old woman.
Body Was Already in the Stage of Decomposition
Authorities revealed that the body of the woman was already in the stage of decomposition. They believed that the victim’s body was already in a state of decay before the fire incident happened. Meanwhile, the 17-year-old daughter of Elizabeth Durkee was interviewed and said that her mother wanted to put her grandmother out of misery.
The teen said, “The Defendant (her mother) also said she would then drive her and her 2-year-old daughter into either the Rock River or Lake Michigan.”
Further, Durkee was reportedly taken into custody and told investigators that her grandmother was in poor health, had advanced Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes, and suffered a stroke in March 2021. The victim was also allegedly blind and spent most of her time bedridden, requiring help and regular care for basic everyday tasks.