WASHINGTON: A homeless man who killed champion in Spanish golf, Celia Barkin Arosamena, after he attacked her at an Iowa golf course last year, was jailed for life on Friday (August 23).
22-year-old Barkin Arozamen was stabbed to death after being ambushed by Colin Richards while playing at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames on September 17 last year.
The body of the University of Iowa student was found by officers in the course shortly after the attack, which happened on a white day.
Richards, who lived in a homeless camp near the course where Barkin Arozamena was attacked, was released from prison three months before the incident.
The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in June this year.
On Friday, a judge in Story County, Iowa formally confirmed his life sentence without parole.
Speaking at the hearing, Prosecutor Jessica Reynolds read a victim statement from Barkin Arozamena's parents.
"Celia was a woman who wished to live, to improve day by day, so that she could achieve her dreams, but without missing the opportunity to offer help to anyone who asked for it," Reynolds reads.
It was and still is very difficult to combat the impotence of such a cruel, accidental and absurd crime. "
In a speech to reporters after the hearing, Reynolds said the community is still grieving for the murder of Barkin Arozamena as the one-year anniversary approaches.
" Her killer will spend the rest of her life in prison without parole, parole "
"Although the criminal case is closed today, our community is just beginning the healing process."
Barkin Arozamena is a native of Puente San Miguel in Spain, and in 2018 was named Female Athlete of the Year by the State University of Iowa.
Barkin Arozamena was the school's career leader in middle stroke (73.44) and is the third golf woman from Iowa to complete her undergraduate golf career, which continued from 2015 to 2018 and completed her civil engineering major in murder. , which competes in the U.S. Women's Open.