Buffalo teen facing 20-to-life for step-grandfather's death

Dec 17, 2018

A Buffalo teen has pleaded guilty to murder for helping to beat and stab her step-grandfather to death inside his home.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says Alexandria Heath, 18, of Buffalo pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, the most serious charge she faced. Heath, who was 17 when she was arrested, could get up to 20 years to life in prison when she is sentenced in January.

Prosecutors say Heath and her boyfriend, Romaine Jirdon, 20, intentionally killed Thomas Heath, 58, in November 2017. Jirdon also has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will be sentenced next month.

Prosecutors have not revealed a possible motive and say a motive was not discussed at Monday's hearing.