29-year-old Jiam Hart sentenced to 55 years in prison after he stabbed his mother, Janet Hart to death in September 2022 because he didn’t want to be committed to a group home.
A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his mother, Janet Hart. He killed her in September 2022 following an altercation about his commitment to a group home, according to police.
Last September, officers from the Anderson Police Department responded to a residence following a report of Janet Hart, the homeowner, being discovered deceased in a pool of blood on the floor. She had sustained multiple stab wounds to her back.
Suspect was not allowed in Janet Hart’s home because of behavior
The suspect’s sister, Jireh Hart, told investigators that her brother, Jiam, was not allowed in the house due to his previous behavioral issues. However, she said that her brother lived in the garage.
She told investigators that on the day their mother was killed, she saw her brother come out of the house as she was dropping her children off with Janet to run errands, according to Fox59.
Later that day, after picking up her children and returning home, Jireh said she spoke to her mom over the phone. Her mom told her that she and Jiam had an argument earlier that day after Jireh dropped her kids off. She said that her mother had told her that Jiam had spat on her and yelled at her.
Jiam arrested for murder of his mother within 24 hours
The police arrested Jiam within 24 hours of identifying him as the prime suspect. He was brought in for questioning, and the police described him as behaving strangely during his interview.
According to FOX59, Jiam denied living at his mother’s house and also denied being her son. Authorities revealed that the conflict between Jiam and his mother stemmed from his history of mental health issues and dangerous behavior. She had discussed the possibility of committing him to a group home due to his history of mental health issues and dangerous behavior.
The commitment petition was found at the murder scene on a table next to a bloody spot where Janet had been repeatedly stabbed to death.
When the officers tried to get Jiam to focus on why they were interviewing him, he reportedly stated, “You are a detective.If you saw you saw things and [my sister] said she saw things then what do you have? You solved it! What else do you want me to say?”
Investigators said they found Jiam’s mother’s credit card in his possession, as well as at least one piece of jewelry, when they arrested him last year.
In October, Jiam was found competent to stand trial for his mother’s murder after failing two previous mental competency examinations.
After he pleaded guilty in court, he was immediately transferred to state prison.