As a convicted killer was sentenced to prison Friday, a seasoned prosecutor said a video showing the monster torching an elderly Brooklyn woman inside an elevator was so horrific that it should never be made public.
“It’s permanent part of my dreamscape. I have nightmares, and that tops the list,” Assistant District Attorney Mark Hale said of the shocking images of Deloris Gillespie being burned alive.
“I have no desire to inflict this on anybody else.”
Her murderer, Jerome Isaac, a 48-year-old homeless handyman, pleaded guilty to the heinous Dec. 2011 homicide in return for a sentence of 50 years to life in prison — nearly guaranteeing he will never again enjoy freedom.
The security camera footage captured him dousing Gillespie, 73, with gasoline as she cowered inside the elevator of her Prospect Heights building, and then tossing a Molotov cocktail at her to ignite the blaze.
“This has to be one of the most horrific crimes I’ve ever seen,” said Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent DelGiudice, who’s been practicing law for over 30 years. “This is something one cannot take in one’s mind.”
The remorseless murderer, who confessed to killing Gillespie over a $2,200 housework debt, had his sentencing postponed in November after claiming he “hears voices” and that “the devil made me do it.”
But a subsequent psychiatric evaluation concluded he is fit to face justice.
Prosecutors said they agreed to the plea deal to spare the victim’s relatives and the public from a gruesome trial.