A man claimed an intruder killed his high school sweetheart and left her in a bloody mess on their apartment floor. But he was the killer and now he heads to prison for decades.
Last month, a Colorado judge sentenced Dakota Chinnock, 21, to 60 years in prison for killing Amanda Farley, 20. He previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping, according to the 18th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
On Sept. 5, 2021, Chinnock called police to say he found Farley unconscious and not breathing on the floor of their Aurora, Colorado, apartment, according to prosecutors.
Officers arrived and found Farley on the bedroom floor with swelling to her face. One officer described her as being “unrecognizable.”
There were also multiple human bite marks on her body.
Chinnock suggested to police that there was a home invasion, prosecutors said. He claimed he was drinking and when he woke up for Farley in a pool of blood.
However, investigators didn’t notice an alcohol smell on Chinnock and there appeared to be no forced entry.
Witnesses in the complex reported hearing a female crying and yelling coming from the apartment.
Surveillance video showed Chinnock and Farley arguing outside their apartment, according to prosecutors. Chinnock then grabbed a propane tank and hit his girlfriend in the head. They both then went into the apartment.
“The defendant brutally attacked this woman he supposedly loved for hours,” Deputy District Attorney Lisa Gramer said. “He ended the life of his high school sweetheart, whose only real mistake was that she loved him back.”
The judge sentenced Chinnock to 48 years in prison on the murder charge and 12 years on the kidnapping charge.
“I cannot address the pain, the suffering, the grief, and the loss that happened through Mr. Chinnock’s actions,” Judge Elizabeth Weishaupl said during sentencing, according to prosecutors. “There is no sentence I could give that would allow me to heal what Mr. Chinnock has done.”