AMES, Iowa (AP) — The person who fatally stabbed a former Iowa State College golfer from Spain whereas she was enjoying a spherical close to the college was sentenced Friday to life in jail with out the potential for parole.
Collin Richards pleaded guilty on June 14 to first-degree homicide within the Sept. 17 slaying of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena. Police mentioned Richards stabbed her on the course close to the central Iowa campus in Ames and left her physique in a pond.
Richards had been staying at a homeless encampment in close by woods. Ames police reviews present that Richards struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, psychological well being issues and homelessness after he got out of prison three months earlier than he killed Barquin. He had served roughly seven months behind bars for violating the phrases of his probation on convictions for housebreaking and different crimes.
Richards, 22, advised a choose earlier this month that he was sorry for his crime. He mentioned in a handwritten letter that he needed to indicate regret “for stripping a life from society … worse, from a loving household.”
Barquin was a high golfer in Spain as a youngster and got here to Iowa State to pursue her profession.
Her household is conscious of Richards’ expression of regret however “they do not give an excessive amount of credit score to that apology right now,” the household’s lawyer, Leon Vidaller, advised The Des Moines Register for a narrative printed Thursday.
Authorities haven’t been capable of clarify why Richards did it, which makes the loss even worse, Vidaller mentioned. Richards’ household and associates have mentioned his dependence on methamphetamine and different medication possible led to psychological well being points and the violence.
Richards being imprisoned for all times — a compulsory sentence — will not carry Barquin again, however it is going to give the household some closure, the lawyer mentioned.
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