Murderer’s Welcome Party Goes Wrong and Sends Him Right Back to Prison

Murderer’s Welcome Party Goes Wrong and Sends Him Right Back to Prison

After serving 30 years behind bars, the last thing you would want is to go back. Steven Pratt, 46, found himself a free man for less than 48 hours before he was thrown back into his cell when his mother was found dead the morning after his neighbors threw him a welcome back party.

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Sometimes, when a convicted murderer is released from prison, he or she has problems adjusting to life back in the real world.

Such is the case for Steven Pratt, 45. Pratt had been out of prison for less than 48 hours, Press of Atlantic Cityreports, when he got into trouble again.

He was arrested after his mother was found dead the morning after their neighbors had thrown Pratt a large welcome party:

Police responded to a two-story home in the 1800 block of McKinley Avenue at 6:29 a.m. Sunday to find Gwendolyn Pratt, 64, dead of apparent head injuries. Steven Pratt was taken into custody at the home.

An autopsy performed Sunday by the state Medical Examiner’s Office determined Gwendolyn Pratt died from massive blunt injuries to the head, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said in a statement.

Neighbors say Pratt’s mother, Gwendolyn Pratt, 64, was a kind and “impeccably dressed” woman who valued her privacy.

His previous murder charge resulted from a fight in an apartment hallway after a neighbor had confronted Pratt, then 15 years old, about being too loud. After using a lead pipe to beat his neighbor, prosecutors said, he borrowed a gun and shot the man twice.

When asked on Tuesday by presiding judge Noah Bronkesh about whether he had a lawyer, Pratt tearfully responded, “I don’t want a trial. I’m guilty.” Bronkesh then asked if he knew his bail amount, to which he responded “It doesn’t matter, sir,” according to Press of Atlantic City.

While in prison, Pratt attempted, unsuccessfully, to appeal his sentence three times, most recently in 2008. He is currently being held on $1 million bail.

Clearly Mr. Pratt is unfit to live in society with normal, well-adjusted people. He’s shown that he belongs behind bars for the rest of his life.

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