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Man found guilty of aggravated murder in death 86-year-old Monroe woman

Daniel French (Photo provided) Daniel French (Photo provided)

A jury found Daniel French guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Barbara Howe. 

French, 56, worked at the Monroe retirement facility where the 86-year-old Howe resided. He arrested and charged in December of last year with aggravated murder. Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. French could face the death penalty.

Officials found Howe's body on Nov. 1, 2012 inside the trunk of her car.

Documents state French, made three calls the night of Oct. 28, 2012 to residents at the Mount Pleasant Retirement Complex stating he needed to repair their medical emergency alert systems. French planned to then enter homes “for the commission of robbery,” according to court documents.

Prosecutors produced a confession tape where French said he only intended to rob Howe, but when he realized he'd killed her, he panicked and stuffed her body in the trunk of her car, leaving it in a Middletown parking lot.

"I was trying to choke her out. I didn't mean to kill her. TV makes it look so G***** easy," French said to investigators.

French pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse earlier this month. He faces up to 26 years in prison for those charges.

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