Man sentenced to 20 years for killing Walla Walla woman in her home

Brandon Crispi pleaded guilty in February to killing 56-year-old Lorelie Ann Carver
Brandon Crispi
Brandon Crispi (L); Lorelie Ann Carver (R)

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — A transient from California was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for killing a Walla Walla woman who had taken him into her home.

Brandon Crispi, 24, pleaded guilty in February to the stabbing death of Lorelie Ann Carver, who also went by the name of Cruthers. She was killed in her Walla Walla home in March 2019.

Crispi was living with Cruthers in her Rancho Villa home off Dalles Military Road. Court documents said Crispi was a homeless man from San Francisco who met Cruthers online. She invited him to live with her to help him out.

Cruthers was stabbed multiple times before Crispi stole her car and drove to Oregon. Documents said he went to Oregon State Police and confessed to the killing. He had cuts on his hands and blood on his pants.

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Cruthers’ body was discovered the next day after she didn’t show up for work.

Crispi told police that “God told him to kill her.” He was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail for first-degree murder and car theft.

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Crispi was evaluated by Eastern State Hospital and deemed competent to stand trial earlier this year but pleaded guilty on February 7 to first-degree murder. He was found to have a chemical dependency that contributed to the killing.

The court sentenced Crispi to 240 months (20 years) for murder, a mandatory-minimum term in line with what Walla Walla County Prosecutor James Nagle recommended. The car-theft charge was dismissed as part of his guilty plea.

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Crispi has about a year’s (367 days) credit for time served in jail; he’ll likely serve 19 years or less in prison.

Upon release, Crispi would serve an additional 36 months (three years) of community custody and be barred from having or using alcohol or drugs.