New Jersey Man Free After 30 Year Sentence Murders Again

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Steven Pratt, after completing a 30 year sentence for murder, returned to his Atlantic City home to a party in his honor only to turn the festivities into tragedy with the horrific murder of his mother who planned the celebration.

 

Less than two days after Pratt, 45, was released from maximum security prison where he had been incarcerated since his conviction for first degree murder of his neighbor Michael Anderson, he returned to his home in Atlantic City, New Jersey to a party hosted by his mother, Gwendolyn, 65.

At some point the reunion became heated and with no specific details Pratt bludgeoned his mother to death.

At his arraignment, Pratt, an African American, a grown man who spent the majority of his life in a Maximum Security prison, bowed his head in apparent contrition admitted he failed, he was guilty and wept. He said he did not want a trial.

Pratt’s criminal record is not one that prosecutors can present with traditional courtroom theatrics. No arm long rap sheet, in and out of juvie court where this day his expected end, Pratt was a first offender.

Raised by a single mother, he was in his own eyes the man of the house. On the day of his first murder, he and his posse, a few neighborhood micro thugs, boys about his own age all on the fringes of trouble, were smoking pot in the hallway of their building, which at the time still held the full penalty of the law, and one-upping each other for bragging rights of whatever subject they were talking about.

The hallway conversation was punctuated with loud boisterous laughter and after several neighbors asked the boys to move, they progressed to the lower floors. Eventually, the fun high from weed became ugly as sometimes does for the drunk. A fight broke out overheard by several neighbors, which resulted in loud noises, loud enough to summon Michael Anderson, a sort of father figure to Pratt, from his apartment.

Pratt concerned at 15 his reputation would be dissed went to his apartment and came out with a lead pipe and attacked Anderson, who took the pipe from him and court records said he defended himself against the boy by punching him in the face.

Court records indicate Pratt left the building with the intent of “getting a piece” to “serve” someone. According to court documents ‘“serve” is a Muslim expression meaning the person “served” would not survive the day.”’

By the end of the fall day in October 1984, Steven Pratt would make good on that threat. After securing a weapon from one of his homeboys, Pratt returned to the apartment of Anderson, knocked on the door. When Anderson opened Pratt fired twice. Anderson was mortally wounded and died two days later.

Pratt was sentenced to 30 years in a maximum security prison, ordered to serve the full term without parole. In his appeal he used his age at the time of the commission of the crime as grounds. He was denied.

In October 2014, Steven Pratt was a free man. Young enough at 45 to start over, to begin again. Heading home to Atlantic City. The Jersey Shoreline, to some of the most beautiful stretch of beaches in the world, to freedom, Pratt after a life inside couldn’t handle the pressure.

A conversation on the future may have been the trigger that caused Pratt to explode. In the heat of the moment, thirty years of frustration, paranoia, hell from life in the Big House, came out and Gwendolyn, who by all accounts was a “good” woman was dead.

Expert have weighed in on Juvenile incarceration citing the Pratt Case especially as violent youth offenders are increasing exponentially. The recidivism rate, the statistical determination pronouncing lifetime behaviors or the tendency for a reoccurring criminal life on the youth offender isn’t an anomaly. In the Pratt Case, the time frame is.

In February 2016, Pratt was sentenced to 25 years with no parole for the murder of his mother Gwendolyn.

Image courtesy of google images.

Additional sources: New Jersey Appellate.

Haute Tease

  • Table 19 Review – Charming, A Quirky, Unpredictable, Dramedy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Table 19, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, presents a quirky romantic comedy that travels the road of bad breakups, let downs, how can I hurt thee, let me count the ways, as six wedding reception table-mates address their hidden secrets.

     
  • Netflix Scores Big With Seven Creative Arts Emmy® Awards

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LOS ANGELES, CA – August 16, 2014 – Netflix connects with audiences and Hollywood alike, garnering four Creative Arts Emmy® Awards for its lauded series "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," and three wins for its acclaimed documentary, "The Square."

     
  • Mind, Body and Moon: Auriga Spa at The Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas Unveils Indigenous New Treatments Based on the Four Phases Of The Moon

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Cabo San Lucas – Health and wellness reign at Capella Pedregal which is home to Auriga spa, regarded as one of the top of its ilk globally, with praise coming from prestigious news outlets such as Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor which named Auriga as one of “The World’s Greatest Hotel Spas.”

     
  • HL Health, Wellness: Foods To Reverse Brain Damage

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Attempting challenging puzzles and reading up on the theory of relativity aren't the only ways to keep your brain at its finest. The right diet also can do wonders, improving the brain's function and even helping to reverse brain damage.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Touts Nuke Deal; 9/11 WH Silence; Russia/Syria; Refugees; Biden Misstep; GOP

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama is continuing to hold Democrats and Republicans responsible for their actions, as once again the two sides refuse to negotiate, with the federal budget three weeks from expiring the nation remains perilously close to a government shutdown.

     
  • Everlast, World Leader in Boxing Gear, Partners with PIQ to Launch the Ultimate Boxing Wearable at CES: [Sands, Hall A-D, booth 44727]

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    PIQ Sport Intelligence, a leading French start-up in sports Wearables, and Everlast, the leading brand in boxing, announced a new partnership at the Consumer Electronics Show that will see the two companies combine their expertise.

     
  • Mother’s Day Gift Guide - Last-Minute Ideas

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the selfless, dedication Mom’s display are well worth the one day dedicated to them. As you head to Mom’s with the requisite bouquet remember all she has done and add a little substance to the fluff.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama visits the Middle East; Assad Assassinated; Senate Tosses Assault Ban; Sequester Impacts

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama spent the week touring the Middle East and speaking with heads of states from Israel, Jordan and the Palestine urging leaders on to move forward with a peace initiative.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Weinstein Producer Joey Horvitz Talks on The Lexus Weinstein Short Film Contest, The Process, and Partnership

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Lexus Weinstein Short Film Contest has recently premiered the four short films, producer Joey Horvitz and team have spent the past year making, the winners in a competition that brought in nearly 4500 submissions from hopefuls globally.

     
  • Chinese, Australia Officials Confirm Black Box Pings

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Chinese and Australian authorities have both confirmed to the media picking up "pings" associated with what they cautiously hope is from the back box of missing Malaysian Airliner MH370 that disappeared one month ago.

     
  • Where God Left His Shoes - A Gritty Portrayal of Post War Life in America

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Where God Left His Shoes, directed by Salvatore Stabile, a realistic portrayal of a down on his luck Gulf War Vet who attempts to integrate himself back into a society that has no place for him.

     
  • The Outsider Review - A Hard Charging, Attention Grabbing, Murder Mystery

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "The Outsider," from RLJ Entertainment and Zero Gravity Management Productions, presents a contemporary corporate espionage mystery thriller, with unexpected plot twists and surprising hairpin turns, heightened suspense, ending with a confrontation on the information superhighway. 

     
  • London, Paris Each Hit with Terror Attacks; Sixth Between Nations in last 90 days

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The sixth Terror attack between the United Kingdom and France occurred on the Champs d'Elysees, in Paris, 24 hours after the fifth attack, both car-ram, occurred outside a Mosque in London early Monday morning, killing one.

     
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron Set to Exit Wednesday; Theresa May Wins by Default

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

     

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation after the British people voted to leave the European Union, a decision that is contrary to his political position, is set to officially leave his post Wednesday, July 13, 2017.

     
  • LUXE Worldwide Hotels Reward Advanced Bookings With Lucky 13 Packages

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Nearly 30 participating Luxe Worldwide Hotels are offering travelers who book 13 days in advance some irresistible travel packages that prove 13 is a lucky number across the globe.