A Chico man who killed his mother with a 10 pounds dumbbell says he did it because he knew the state of California would provide him with accommodation and feeding him in prison for life.
A judge recently sentenced Aaron Connors to a statutory term of 25 years to life in prison for the brutal murder of his mother, Susan Robb, 68, in Chico, California.
In July, Connors was in court to schedule a date for his jury trial but changed his mind and pleaded guilty to first-degree premeditated and deliberate murder.
According to Action News Now, District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Connors visited his mother in the morning hours of March 5, 2020. Robb invited him inside, and the duo spent time together for several hours.
Then Connors went out to his van, retrieved a 10-pound dumbbell, and returned to the home. He quietly positioned himself behind Robb, who was sitting on a couch and then repeatedly bludgeoned her head to make sure she was dead.
Robb’s roommate discovered the body later in the afternoon after returning from work and called 911. Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the crime scene and later arrested Connors at the Oroville’s Gold Country Casino.
During the interrogation, Connors told investigators he had thought about killing his mother for decades but had seriously considered it a day before the murder.
The 46-year-old defendant had previously been an elementary school teacher before he fell on hard times due to a divorce and alcohol abuse. He was unemployed and living in his van at the time of the murder.
Furthermore, the defendant told authorities, “he felt relieved after he killed his mother because he knew California would provide a safe place to stay, food and a place to lay his head,” according to Latin Times.
Connors is eligible for parole after he spends 16 years in prison.