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Man Who Confessed to Killing Celia Barquin Arozamena to be Sentenced

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AMES, Iowa -- On Friday, the man that confessed to Iowa State golfer, Celia Barquin Arozamena's, murder will be sentenced.

Collin Richards pleaded guilty June 14 to first-degree murder. He will be sentenced to life in prison without an opportunity for parole.

Barquin Arozamena was a star student athlete and was wrapping up her civil engineering degree at ISU before her life was cut short. Richards attacked her on Coldwater Golf Links in Ames on September 17th, 2018.  Her body was found in a pond.

Richards had been staying in a homeless camp near the course.

He sent a letter to the judge in the case earlier this month saying “I want to show remorse for stripping a life from society, worse from a loving family. I want the family and you to know I am sorry.”

Richards will have no possibility for parole and must pay $150,000 in restitution to the family of Barquin Arozamena, who lives in her home country of Spain.

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