A convicted murderer is headed back to prison after taking the life of his fourth victim.
Torrance C. Epps, 79, pleaded guilty Monday to fatally shooting Tiandra Johnson, 32. He accepted a reduced charge of second-degree murder, two gun charges, assault, and two counts of armed criminal action.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Dennis Schaumann sentenced him to 18 years in prison, the New York Post reports.
Epps told the judge he murdered Tiandra because he believed she broke into his apartment in a senior living complex with a backup key and stole from him.
On January 19, Epps reportedly fired shots at a woman near her apartment before rolling his wheelchair to the leasing office and pointing the gun at another person before shooting the 32-year-old.
Schaumann asked Epps why he murdered the woman, and he replied that he was “awfully upset” at her for stealing his life savings.
Epps pleaded guilty in 1973 to fatally shooting three people, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
At the time, his wife, Linda Clark Epps, had left him because of alleged domestic abuse; she took their son with her into hiding. Epps reportedly believed his wife’s family was hiding the two so he went to the police to demand they help him find her. When they wouldn’t, he showed up to his in-law’s house and fatally shot his wife’s mother and two grandparents.
Epps was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the three murders but was let out on parole after only 14; he was sent to a halfway house and escaped a month later.
After being on the run for eight years, he was finally caught after he paid an undercover agent for illegally discounted food stamps.
Epps was returned to prison and was let out on parole in 2003.