While this man admitted his guilt in this girl's murder, he didn't actually admit his guilt in her rape since he wrote: "I killed her after having sex with her." That a man who can admit murder still refuses to correctly name rape shows how entrenched his rape denial is and how dangerous this man still is. If his life sentence without possibility of parole is ever changed to life with the possibility of parole by a change in state law, this man should not be paroled no matter how non-violent he is while in prison.
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A man who raped and killed a teenage girl will spend the rest of his life in prison after changing his plea Tuesday in a Clark County courtroom.
Darrin Sanford, a 30-year-old convicted sex offender, pleaded guilty to raping and killing 13-year-old Alycia Nipp. The attack occurred in a field near Northeast 13th Avenue in Vancouver on a weekend night in February.
Sanford entered the packed courtroom at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday with his hands securely cuffed in front of him and his legs shackled. In a statement read by his lawyer, Sanford admitted his guilt.
The prosecution believes Sanford's motive for murdering this girl is that she giggled at him. Combine this motive with this man's continued rape denial and you get a man who will always be a danger. This won't change no matter how old or frail Sanford becomes.
Some other murderers who are not rapist/murderers may not pose the same lifelong risk as this man does and if policies or sentencing laws are ever changed based on budget pressures and on what is understood about the murderers who will not repeat their crimes there is the potential that this man could eventually be released.
Too many people assume that all those who are violent will eventually age out of their violence, but as the fatal shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC demonstrates, being 88 years old doesn't mean someone will not choose to commit murder. If it weren't for the actions of the security guards, including Stephen Tyrone Johns who was slain, the death count could have been much higher. The chief of staff of the museum estimated that there were a couple of thousand people inside the museum at the time of the shooting.
Old clearly does not equal harmless.
This murder like the murder of Alycia Nipp was rooted in ways of thinking which are deeply entrenched in segments of our population. This entrenchment of thinking provides external support for both of these very different murders. One segment practices rape denial while the other practices holocaust denial and both put the blame onto their targets.