WALKER, La. – A Louisiana man was unrepentant and faces a mandatory life term in prison after confessing to the brutal killing of his girlfriend’s convicted molester. Moreover, he said he is “not sorry” for what he did.
The Advocate reported that Jace Crehan (pictured right) was found guilty Thursday in the 2015 stabbing and strangling death of Robert Noce Jr, who was 47 at the time of death.
Noce, a former boyfriend of Brittany Monk’s mother, was reportedly sleeping in his trailer during the early morning attack. After the murder, Crehan reportedly stuffed the dead man’s body into a 55-gallon container.
Furthermore, the report said that 13 days before the homicide, Noce pleaded “no contest” in Baton Rouge to sexually molesting Monk, 20, when she was a child.
The dead man reportedly participated in raising Monk (pictured left) for about 10 years.
Monk reportedly admitted to participating in the killing while she was seven months pregnant. As a result, she pleaded guilty earlier this year to manslaughter. Consequently, she faces a maximum sentence of 40 years.
The report said it took the jury an hour to convict Crehan, who did not react at the verdict. However, his grandparents who were reportedly in the courtroom, cried.
“You don’t want people going out taking justice into their own hands,” Hillar Moore III, the district attorney, said. The report said his office declined attempts from Crehan to reduce the charges to manslaughter.
Crehan’s lawyers, in the closing arguments, called the killing a revenge in the heat of the moment. Crehan was heard on tape talking with authorities admitting to the crime.
“I feel a lot better. It’s not regret. Is it remorse? I’m not sorry for what I did,” he said, according to the report. He told detectives he committed the murder because the criminal justice system had “failed” Monk and he didn’t want her to suffer any longer.
Crehan initially tried to cover for his girlfriend. He reportedly lied to sheriff’s Lt. Leo Moore when he confessed July 8, 2015, to the July 4, 2015, strangling and stabbing of Noce. He said Monk was not with him when the slaying took place, the videotaped interrogation revealed. But when Moore informed Crehan that DNA evidence placed Monk at the murder scene, Crehan admitted she was there when he killed Noce and pulled his body into a 55-gallon plastic container.
Crehan, however, continued to lie, telling Moore that Monk never touched Noce during the pre-dawn attack inside Noce’s mobile home.
Monk testified Tuesday that she punched Noce 10 to 15 times while Crehan had Noce in a headlock on the floor of Noce’s bedroom.
“I was lying about Brittany’s involvement because I don’t want anything to happen to her,” Crehan told Moore in his interrogation.
After his confession was complete, Moore and sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Henning rode with Crehan in Henning’s sheriff’s vehicle so Crehan could show them where he threw what he called a chef’s knife or “chopping knife” into a Denham Springs pond. The white-handled knife was later recovered by a sheriff’s dive team and shown to the jury Wednesday by Henning.
During that car ride, Crehan speaks matter of factly about the killing and showed no remorse.
“I made her life better by what I did,” he said of Monk. “That’s enough for me.”
According to Raw Story, Noce pleaded no contest June 22, 2015, to carnal knowledge of a juvenile but avoided prison as part of a plea agreement.
A grand jury indicted Noce in 2013 for the aggravated rape of a child, but prosecutors agreed to allow him to plead no contest – which is not an admission of guilt – to a reduced charge.
Judge Trudy White sentenced Noce to 10 years in prison but credited him for 19 days of time served, and she suspended the rest of the sentence and instead placed him on five years probation.