Man Pleads Guilty in 1982 Missouri Killing
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A man already serving life in prison in Colorado has admitted that he stabbed a woman to death near a southwest Missouri motel about 28 years ago.
Richard Leroy Walker was a suspect since the July 29, 1982, death of Angela Baskin outside a motel in Springfield but police never had enough evidence to charge him.
In December 2010, Springfield police detectives interviewed Walker at a prison in Canon City, Colorado, where he is serving a life sentence for an unrelated sex crime. During that visit, Walker admitted that he killed Baskin.
On Thursday, he pleaded guilty in Greene County. The Springfield News-Leader reports that under a plea agreement, Walker cannot be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced August 19.