Recently, Denver court sentenced 50-year-old Richard Kirk to 30 years in prison after the man admitted killing his wife after becoming intoxicated with marijuana. According to the man’s affidavit, it would appear that acting on his lawyer’s recommendation, Kirk pled not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder, and, instead, invoked insanity.
A Denver jury recently found Richard Kirk guilty of second-degree murder. As a result, the man was condemned to 30 years in prison, despite his lawyer’s intention of asking the judge for leniency. According to the man’s court document, Kirk’s story began three years ago, in April 2014.
Richard Kirk of Denver was living with his wife at that time and, even though none of them care to admit it, they had severe money issues. The story took a turn for the worse when 50-year-old Richard Kirk started buying and consuming large amounts of candy containing marijuana.
Little by little, Kirk’s mind began ignoring the severity of his family’s financial situation and started focusing on ways to acquired even more marijuana-infused treats. The situation became tenser between Kirk and his wife, who told the man that he needs to get help for his addiction.
And then, one day in April, after eating one too many marijuana-infused candies, the man decided to settle the score between him and his wife. According to the investigators, even though Richard Kirk was in an advanced state of intoxication, he managed to reach the area of the house where he had placed his gun under lock and key.
Furthermore, it would appear that the man also managed to recall the code to the safe where he stored his gun. After returning to his wife, without any remorse, Kirk pointed the gun towards her and pulled the trigger. A couple of minutes later, the authorities arrived and took Richard Kirk into custody.
It would appear that shortly after Kirk left his wife in order to fetch the gun, the woman picked up the phone and dialed 911. The recorded conversation reveals a distressed woman telling the 911 dispatcher that her husband consumed candy with marijuana and that he went to get his gun. That was the last time anyone saw or heard Kirk’s wife alive.
On the 7th of April, a Denver judge and jury found Richard Kirk guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced him to 30 years in prison, dismissing his lawyer’s plea for leniency based on the fact that Kirk was under the influence of hallucinogenic compounds the day he murdered his wife.
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