Man accused of killing over candy sentenced to life without parole

Clayton inmate gets life sentence for fight over candy

A Clayton County jail inmate received a life sentence Friday in the 2012 murder of his cellmate during a fight over a Reese’s peanut butter candy.

This afternoon, William Alexander Brooks pleaded guilty to murdering, Kenneth Robert Grochowski over the candy, according to Channel 2 Action News. He was given life with the possiblity of parole.

Brooks, who drowned Grochowski in the cell’s toilet, was originally arrested in August 2012, on theft charges. The incident between cellmates happened August 14 or 15, according to police. Grochowski, 57, was found unresponsive around midnight following roll call.

The fight began after Grochowski purchased the candy from the prison commissary and gave Brooks one of the chocolate and peanut butter cups. The two argued because Brooks wanted all of the candy. Brooks hit Grochowski and then held his head in the toilet, according to the television station.

Grochowski a fugitive from Illinois, was wanted was wanted for weapons charges, DUI charges and for eluding police. Crisp said he was arrested Aug. 8, 2012, after he landed at Harstfield-Jackson International Airport, arriving from South America.

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