Richard Allan Lockett pleaded guilty today to fatally
stabbing his estranged wife, Kirsten, in the Castle Rock home of a family
member, where she had fled with five children in her care.
Lockett, 46, of Limon, pleaded guilty to murder in the
first-degree – felony murder. Douglas District Court Judge Shay Whitaker
sentenced him to the statutory mandate: life in prison without the possibility
of parole. Other charges against him were dismissed.
“This defendant terrorized his wife and family,” said
District Attorney George H. Brauchler. “Kirsten Lockett did everything she
could to get away and protect herself and her children. He was relentless. Our
communities will not tolerate such violence, and this man deserves to spend
every moment of the rest of life in prison.”
“We are pleased with
the outcome of the guilty plea by Richard Lockett,” said Castle Rock Police
Chief Jack Cauley. “Our investigation team worked diligently with the DA’s
office to ensure justice was served in this tragic case. Castle Rock Police
want the family of Kirsten Lockett to know that they are in our thoughts and
In 2015, Richard and Kirsten Lockett were estranged. Kirsten
Lockett, 36, had been granted a restraining order against Richard Lockett, and
she had been granted sole possession of their home in Limon. Richard Lockett
was under court order to have no contact with Kirsten or the children.
On July 13, 2015, Kirsten Lockett reported to Lincoln County
officials that Richard Lockett came into the home, kidnapped her and assaulted
her at gunpoint.
After this incident, she moved with the five children (ages
5 to 15 at the time) to the home of her brother in Castle Rock.
On the night of July 18, 2015, Richard Lockett broke the
window in the bedroom where Kirsten Lockett was sleeping with the children. He
let the children flee, along with Kirsten Lockett’s mother, who was also
staying in the home.
He took Kirsten into another part of the house and fatally
stabbed her in the neck, before attempting to cut his own throat.
“Kirsten did everything right,” Chief Deputy District
Attorney Christopher Gallo told the court. “Many victims of chronic and
pernicious domestic violence don’t get out ... Kirsten fled to safety. … But
she was stalked and she was hunted.”
Kirsten Lockett’s daughter and sister spoke at the
“He took away my mother … he tore our family apart,”
testified Kayla Stitely, the oldest of Kirsten Lockett’s children. “I want him
(Richard Lockett) to know he cannot still have her … she, not him, walks away
with the last word.”
Chantel Schoneboom was nine years older than Kirsten
“The only blessing is that she is now free,” Schoneboom told
Judge Whitaker. “For 14 years this man controlled every facet of her life … The
greatest tragedy is that my sister died before she was able to develop into the
person she was destined to be.”