Man pleads guilty in college student’s death |

Man pleads guilty in college student’s death

FORT COLLINS ” A man charged with killing a college student in Fort Collins has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder while committing a burglary.

Twenty-nine-year-old Joseph Curl was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole after entering his plea. A plea deal spared him the death penalty.

Curl was charge with killing Front Range Community College student Linnea Dick.

He was also accused of stealing her car, wallet, checkbook and other items.

Dick was sexually assaulted and strangled in her home in Fort Collins in May.

Firefighters found the 20-year-old’s body when putting out two fires. Authorities say Curl set the fires in hopes of covering up the crime.

Family and friends have said Curl and Dick were acquaintances.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User