The man who admitted to the brutal, rape, and torture of his girlfriend’s daughter reportedly taunted a hospital staffer with cryptic references to the crime as he was recovering from a failed suicide attempt.
Jacob Sullivan is expected to be sentenced in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, for the 2016 rape and murder of 14-year-old Grace Packer on Friday. During the week, witnesses were called to the stand to testify; including Grace’s adoptive mother, Sara Packer, who is believed to have orchestrated the plot with Sullivan to fulfill what a prosecutor described as a “rape-murder fantasy.”
A nurse’s aide from Abington Memorial Hospital also testified at the sentencing hearing, according to the Morning Call, describing conversations she had with Sullivan as he was recovering from an overdose suicide attempt in January 2017, three months after hunters found Grace’s remains in a remote field where Sullivan and Packer had dumped them after dismembering her body. They had kept the teen’s body in a closet in a Richland Township home for months after her murder in July, but reportedly became nervous that police may want to search the home.
Alisa Kehoe, the nurse’s aide, testified at the sentencing hearing that Sullivan volunteered information about the brutal killing.
“He told me that he killed Grace,” Kehoe reportedly said. “He told me that he liked it.”
Kehoe said that Sullivan was rambling and cryptic, and at one point said that Grace was “the worst thing that happened to our family.”
Sullivan would later confess to investigators that he had raped and killed Grace, and pleaded guilty last month to multiple charges, including first-degree murder.
A jury is expected to decide on Friday if Sullivan will serve a life sentence in prison or receive the death penalty.