MOUNT VERNON – It was a homicide so atrocious, Mount Vernon residents nonetheless keep in mind it 15 years later.
Steven Anthony Rickards admitted to killing his youthful sister Samantha in November 2001. Now that convicted assassin is preventing for a clear slate asking a decide to not solely seal his case however to vacate it.
“He was barely 14 and he had a psychotic break,” Diane Fox stated.
Diane Fox says a psychotic break brought on her son to do the unthinkable.
The thirteen yr previous boy referred to as 911 saying he killed his eight yr-previous sister and put her within the freezer.
She was stabbed greater than 20 occasions with a kitchen knife inside their Mount Vernon house.
“I can’t clarify what sort of anguish, he’s gone via greater than anybody,” Fox stated.
Fox says Rickards was given medicine shortly after the homicide however he hasn’t been on treatment since then. However
Fox says her son hasn’t had any extra psychotic breaks. She praised Rickards for bettering himself whereas he was incarcerated.
Rickards is now 29 years-previous and has been out of jail for eight years working at one level as an electrician.
He has a spouse and two youngsters.
Fox says her son is trying to clear his document now as a result of he needs to develop into a listening to specialist and he’s unable to move a background examine.
“I don’t consider this can be a cost that ought to comply with him for the remainder of his life and hamper him from being a great individual,” Fox stated.
That’s why they’re preventing to wipe his homicide conviction off his document.
Rickards was not in courtroom on Thursday however his lawyer requested a decide to seal his case.
That request was granted resulting from state regulation that permits juvenile data to be wiped away after sure provisions are met.
The seal now means nobody within the public can lookup courtroom paperwork on Rickards.
And subsequent month he’ll ask a decide to vacate the offense which means a homicide conviction can be wiped away from any background checks.
“I feel there are specific kinds of crimes that shouldn’t be sealed,” Skagit County Prosecutor Wealthy Weyrich stated.
Weyrich alerted the media of Rickards makes an attempt to seal and vacate forward of Thursday’s listening to saying the case must be of public curiosity.
“Simply the seriousness of the cost,” Weyrich stated.
He needs state lawmakers to think about altering the regulation that permits critical crimes like homicide convictions to primarily disappear. Neighbors who keep in mind Samantha’s killing agree.
“You’ve got anyone who might go nuts at any time and one thing like this doesn’t simply occur as soon as there’s something clearly flawed with this man,” Mount Vernon resident Matt Bluhm stated.
“There isn’t a purpose to carry somebody accountable for the remainder of their life, what might occur, what may occur, it wont,” Fox stated.
And she or he’s indignant with Weyrich for spotlighting her son’s case.
“The grandstanding on the prosecutor’s half is on the expense of crushing my household and myself as soon as once more,” Fox stated.