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79-year-old man going back to prison for another homicide

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Torrance Epps, 78, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. Torrance Epps, 78, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 79-year-old St. Louis man who previously spent several years in prison for killing three people is going back to prison after pleading guilty in another murder case.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Torrance Epps pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Tiandra Johnson. The plea deal calls for an 18-year sentence.

In January, Epps rolled his wheelchair through a senior housing complex and shot Johnson. He suspected her of stealing from him.

Epps received a 30-year sentence for killing three of his wife's relatives in 1973. He was paroled after 14 years and sent to a halfway house, escaped a month later, and was a fugitive for eight years before being returned to prison. He was paroled again in 2003.

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   Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
 

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