He met a woman on Tinder and she agreed to a date. When they went back to his place, he stabbed and choked her to death.
Now, he will head to prison.
Last month, a judge in Utah sentenced Ethan Hunsaker to 15 years in prison for the murder of Ashlyn Black. But first, he will be committed to the Utah State Hospital for mental health treatment, according to the Standard-Examiner.
Hunsaker met Black on Tinder in 2020 and the two agreed to go on a date. They went to a bar and then went back to Hunsaker’s home, according to the Desert News. There, Hunsaker choked and stabbed Black while they were cuddling.
Hunsaker called police and reported he killed someone he met on social media, according to the Desert News.
Hunsaker told police it was a normal date with no arguments, according to the report.
Prosecutors said Hunsaker thought of ways to kill and kidnap others shortly before Black’s death. He also expressed a desire to have police kill him, according to the Desert News.
Family members said Black loved working with children with disabilities and was quick to defend others, the Desert News reported. She also dreamed of starting her own family. She loved camping, the band Nirvana and vintage clothing.
During the sentencing, the judge said Hunsaker would spend a maximum of 18 months in the mental health facility before he heads to prison. Hunsaker previously pleaded guilty in connection to the case.
Black’s relatives attended the sentencing and family friend Joshua Egan said some of the family members addressed the killer.
“They were able to look Hunsaker in the eye and tell him what they had done to them,” Egan told the Standard-Examiner. “There is a sense of relief that he has been sentenced, but their lives will never be the same, ever.”