Man pleads guilty in slaying girlfriend at her workplace |

Man pleads guilty in slaying girlfriend at her workplace

DURANGO – A man who police said meant to save a bullet for himself but instead fired all seven bullets at his estranged lover pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the woman’s slaying.Richard Keith Edwards, 51, entered his plea Monday before District Judge Jeffrey Wilson.Edwards was scheduled to go on trial next month in the April 14, 2005, slaying of Lori “Star” Sutherland, who was slain at the downtown Durango shop where she worked. Edward faces life in prison without the possibility of parole at sentencing July 6.”Do you understand that the only way you’ll get out of prison is when you’re dead?” Wilson asked Edward during the hearing.”Yes,” Edwards replied.”I can’t cut you any slack,” Wilson said. “Ten years from now, 20 years from now, 40 years from now you might think you’ve made the wrong decision. Do you need more time to make this decision?””No, your honor,” Edwards replied.Public defender Tom Williamson told Wilson that Edwards was acting contrary to his recommendation.Williamson said Edwards was given a final psychological evaluation when he began to insist on changing his plea to guilty. He said the psychiatrist found Edwards “rational and competent.”

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