• Missing Worcester mother's boyfriend pleads guilty to burning down home

    Updated:

    WORCESTER, Mass. - The man at the center of an investigation into a Worcester mother's 2014 disappearance pleaded guilty Friday to burning down their home days after she vanished.

    31-year-old Kyle Crozier pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy to commit arson Friday in Worcester Superior Court. Prosecutors said Crozier admitted to being with Sabrina Hatheway in the early hours of Dec. 21, 2014. When he woke up, Crozier told investigators Hatheway was gone. 

    She was never seen again.

    Days after she disappeared, Crozier offered to pay two men $1,000 each to torch the Dixfield Road home he shared with Sabrina. Prosecutors said he told the men he wanted it burned so he could collect insurance money. However, investigators later learned the house wasn't insured.

    Sabrina Hatheway’s family believes the fire was set to hide evidence connected to her disappearance.

    Lisa Hatheway, Sabrina's aunt, lashed out after a judge sentenced Crozier to six years and a day in prison

    "I hate him," Lisa said. "Her kids don’t deserve this, to know that he’s getting away.” 

    Crozier’s attorney, Kevin Larson, told the judge his client did not commit murder. 

    "He's adamant he had nothing to do with her disappearance," Larson said after the hearing. "He did not kill her, he doesn't know who killed her and he wants everyone to know that."

    Sabrina's family feels justice is not served. 

    “He got his six years, do what he’s got to do, but he needs to speak about Sabrina," said Lisa. "I won’t give up until they find out something about Sabrina.” 

    While Crozier has been sentenced to six years and a day in prison, officials say he has already been locked up for 38 months, giving him credit for time already served.

    Next Up: