A homeless man who was charged with the murder of a college golf star pleaded guilty on Friday.
Colin Daniel Richards, 22, is charged with the September 15 murder of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was found stabbed to death on a golf course in Ames, Iowa.
Richards will be given a mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole on August 23, per Iowa law.
‘My heart is with Celia’s family today with the hope that this result will bring them some level of comfort,’ Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said in the statement.
‘Please know our entire community supports you and grieves with you.’
Richards previously pleaded not guilty to the murder and was slated to stand trial in September.
Arozamena’s body was found in a pond at the Coldwater Links golf course in September.
A native of Spain, she was a former civil engineering student at Iowa State University and was ranked 69th nationally for US women’s golf.
An autopsy revealed she was slashed in three times in the chest, as well as in the head, neck and left leg and her blood covered the golf course fairway, according to the Des Moines Register.
Some of her clothes were missing and she was found in a sports bra and golfing skirt. It’s not clear if she was sexually assaulted.
Cops tracked down Richards and arrested him as the suspected killer after a K-9 officer traced Barquin’s scent to a temporary camp along a creek near the golf course, where Richards had been living in a tent.