An Arapahoe County judge has sentenced a 37-year-old man to life in prison without parole for killing and dismembering a man in Aurora. A jury had convicted Richard Darling on Jan. 25 of one count of murder in the first degree for the October 2015 slaying of Rey Pesina.
District Court Judge Andrew Baum told Darling, “This was a particularly brutal offense … I don’t think what you did to Mr. Pesina’s body was justified or appropriate or showed any hint of human decency.”
Aurora police found Pesina’s dismembered body near a homeless camp under a bridge overpass of I-225. Numerous chunks of human tissue had been observed floating in Toll Gate Creek and additional remains were found burning in a nearby barrel.
Police found Darling hiding in the grass. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder.
“This was a horrific crime and a sadistic act of violence,” District Attorney George Brauchler said. “This defendant was proud of what he did and continues to threaten people even from jail. A lifetime in prison is the right sentence for this defendant and this crime.”
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