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Sex offender gets life in prison for Susie Zhao’s murder

A convicted intercourse offender has been sentenced to life in prison for savagely raping and killing skilled poker participant Susie “Susie Q” Zhao by burning her alive.

Jeffery Morris, 62, was handed the obligatory life time period with out the probably of parole Thursday, just a little greater than a month after he was convicted at trial of first-degree murder and felony murder in the fee of second-degree felony sexual conduct, according to The Oakland Press.

Jurors deliberated for lower than an hour earlier than earlier than discovering the defendant responsible.

When given an opportunity to talk throughout his sentencing, Morris mentioned he was not going to say something at the moment — however signaled his intention to enchantment the decision.

“There’s a lot I’d like to say,” the convicted assassin instructed the choose. “This time I’m not gonna say anything. I’ll wait till I come back for an appeal and begin again.”

Judge Martha Anderson described the case as “one of the most agonizing trials” of her career.

Jeffery Bernard Morris was sentenced to life in prison with out parole.
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“I cannot get over the brutality of this murder and the needlessness of it all,” she mentioned mentioned.

Zhao, a rising star in the world {of professional} poker, had been dwelling in Los Angeles however moved to Michigan to reside together with her mom and stepfather in June 2020. She was recognized with schizophrenia as an grownup.

She was final seen alive by her mom on July 12, 2020. Her charred stays had been found the next day in a wooded space on the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County.

Susie Zhao
Zhao’s charred physique was discovered close to a lake in Michigan in 2020.

Susie Zhao
Zhao was an expert poker participant.

Prosecutors mentioned Morris, a homeless man who was convicted of a intercourse crime in 1989, met Zhao at a Waterford Township motel the place she usually stayed and proceeded to hold out what has been described as a wicked sexual fantasy involving bondage.

According to proof, the sufferer was brutally raped, inflicting harm to her genitals. She was restrained with zip ties, doused with gasoline and set alight whereas she was nonetheless alive.

Zhao’s physique was so badly burned that when it was found by two males, they initially thought it was was a Halloween prank or a scorched model.

Jeffery Morris
Morris had beforehand been convicted of a intercourse crime in the 80s.
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“What happened to her was just so unkind, so brutal and needless,” prosecutor John Skrzynski mentioned of the horrific crime.

Morris was arrested in Aug. 2020 after police tied him to the placement the place Zhao’s physique was discovered via cellphone data.

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