Craig Price pleads guilty to attempted murder in Florida


    Craig Price (Florida Department of Corrections photo)

    Admitted killer Craig Price pleaded guilty Friday to attempted murder in Florida and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

    The Suwannee Clerk of Courts Office said Price will serve the sentence in Florida, where he's been locked up since 2004. The sentence will be followed by 10 years of probation.

    Price's trial was slated to begin Jan. 28 in the stabbing of a fellow inmate in 2017.

    Before the plea, Price's tentative release date was listed as Nov. 5, 2019, on the Florida Department of Corrections website.

    Price became notorious in Rhode Island for the murders of four people before he was 16.

    Price stabbed 39-year-old Joan Heaton nearly 60 times in 1989, killing her in her home on Metropolitan Drive in Warwick during the middle of the night. He was just 15 years old at the time.

    The same night, he also murdered Heaton’s daughters, 10-year-old Jennifer and 8-year-old Melissa, stabbing Jennifer 62 times and crushing Melissa’s skull.

    Two years prior, he also killed another mother of two, stabbing 27-year-old Rebecca Spencer approximately 60 times in her home in July 1987. Spencer lived about a few hundred yards from the Heaton’s house.

    Price served his time for the murders, as he was convicted when he was a juvenile. His incarceration was extended because of additional crimes committed in prison.

    He is now 45.

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