A man confessed Monday to the December 2012 murder of an 82-year-old retired nun in her Schenectady, N.Y., home.
Police say they were able to link Michael Briggs, 38, to the crime of killing Mary Greco when a detective arrived at the scene of the murder and noticed her toilet seat was up, reports the Albany Times Union.
The 82-year-old woman lived alone. It caught the attention of Sgt. Darryl Mallard, who suspected that the killer had been in the house prior to the murder. Mallard had the toilet handle tested for fingerprints, which matched those of Briggs.
Briggs was a robber who fled from parole at the time of the killing, prosecutors told the Associated Press.
Police found fingerprints in a number of places in Greco’s apartment, and other evidence including surveillance video allegedly showing Briggs heading to the victim’s home with a snow shovel shortly before she was killed, the Schenectady Gazette reports.
Briggs’ attorney, Michael Mansion, decided to have him plead guilty to second-degree murder and burglary a week before his trial was scheduled to begin.
He will get 30 years to life, according to Syracuse.com. District Attorney Robert Carney does not expect Briggs will ever be let out of prison.