Woman, 28, is sentenced to 36 years for beating her sleeping grandmother, 81, to death with a hammer as a ‘sacrifice to God’ to try to get to heaven
- Andrea Wilson pleaded guilty to first degree murder, aggravated assault and destruction in connection with the murder of Ruby Ross in May 2018
- Prosecutors said Wilson hit her grandmother, 81, four times with a hammer while she was sleeping and killed her
- Hours earlier, she hit a cyclist with her car as part of a plan to make a sacrifice to God so she wouldn’t be sent to hell
- Wilson was initially charged with capital murder, but she agreed to plead guilty to lesser counts
An Arkansas woman has been sentenced to 36 years in prison after admitting to murdering her sleeping grandmother with hammer blows to the head for saying that God had commanded her to make a sacrifice so that she would not be sent to hell.
Andrea Wilson, 28, on Monday pleaded guilty to first degree murder, aggravated assault and destruction in connection with the death of 81-year-old Ruby Ross in May 2018.
Wilson was initially charged with capital murder, but she agreed to plead guilty to the lower charge to avoid the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Andrea Wilson, 28 (left), was sentenced to 36 years in prison after pleading guilty to first degree murder, aggravated assault and destruction in connection with the May 2018 murder of her 81-year-old grandmother, Ruby Ross (right)
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Wilson would be eligible for parole after 19 years in prison Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Wilson’s attorney argued that her case includes extenuating circumstances that have not been fully recognized, including her history of mental illness and troubled childhood marred by her parents’ drug addiction.
Prosecutors said Wilson was out to kill someone on May 15, 2018, when she first hit a cyclist with her car.
The man, Jonathan Hampton, said in court on Monday that Wilson looked angry and screamed.
Later that day, Wilson went to her grandmother’s house on the 11000 block of Blue Jay Road in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and had dinner with her.
According to prosecutors, Wilson waited for her grandmother to fall asleep, then entered her room and stabbed her in the head four times with a hammer, killing her.
Wilson then wrapped the bloody hammer and other items in a garbage bag and hid them in a shed on the property.
After her arrest, Wilson underwent mental health assessments, the results of which were inconclusive.
Prosecutors said Wilson hit her grandmother four times with a hammer while she slept and killed her at the woman’s home in Pea Ridge, Arkansas (pictured)
Wilson said she was not taking her prescribed lithium at the time of the attack.
During Monday’s hearing, Wilson’s aunt, LeAnn Ross, asked for a more lenient sentence for her niece, saying her grandmother had wanted it that way.
“If she could manifest in court today, she would actually tell you to let her go because of her complete and supreme love for Andrea,” LeAnn said. “I want Andrea to know that I forgive her. She is valuable and we still love her. ‘
The aunt said that Andrea and her brother, Gregory Wilson, suffered from neglect and abuse as children, and lost their father in 2007.
Echoing his aunt’s words, Gregory Wilson told the court that his grandmother was known for her empathy and ability to forgive.
When given the opportunity to speak, Andrea apologized for her actions and expressed regret for her crimes. She said she is not the same person who was arrested three years ago.