Auroville – A man charged with murdering his 68-year-old mother was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison in Butte County Superior Court.
Susan Robb, 68, was found dead at her Chico home on March 5, 2020, and her 46-year-old son, Aaron Neil Patrick Connors, was later arrested at Auroville’s Gold Country Casino on charges of murder. According to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, during a subsequent interview with detectives from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Connors confessed to the murder.
Still with the confession, Connors pleaded not guilty to the charge and was set to face a jury trial. But on July 8, Connors requested a no contest instead.
Connors went to see Rob on the morning of March 5, and the two were there for a few hours. The DA’s office said that as soon as Connors left the house, he got into his car to pick up a 10-pound dumbbell, drove back to his mother’s house and allegedly caught Robb hitting him from the back.
Rob was repeatedly hit on the head, leading to his death. Rob’s roommate returned home from work that afternoon to find his body and called 9-1-1. In a press release Wednesday, the DA’s office said detectives initially suspected Rob was shot in the head “due to the extent of the trauma.”
A deputy from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office later arrested Connors at the Gold Country Casino. The deputy interviewed Connors at the sheriff’s office. During the conversation, the DA’s office said he made a full confession, telling detectives that he “had been thinking about killing his mother for years, but began to think more seriously about it during the days of the crime.” Done,” the release said.
The DA’s office also said that Connors told the detective that he had reached “rock bottom” before the murder, had recently become homeless and was living out of his van. One Chico Unified School District Documents from August 2013 Indicates that Connors was formerly a teacher at Shasta Elementary School.
But over the course of several years, the DA’s office said he went through a divorce, alcoholism, lost his teaching job, and experienced the failure of another relationship. The DA’s office said Connors blamed Robb for his problems.
According to the release, Prosecutor Ashley Ferry told Judge Cory Caraway at Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, “Instead of taking any personal responsibility for where he ended up in life, Connors pleaded guilty to the same woman who gave him life.”
Fury also said that Connors told detectives that he was relieved after killing Rob because he knew the state of California would provide him with “a safe place to live, food, and a place to lay his head.”
The DA’s office said Connors had no mental illness or other mental health issues, while Connors told detectives he was sober when he killed his mother.
Although Caraway sentenced Connors to 25 years in prison, a parole hearing could take place at 16 years, due to recent changes to the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation system to give inmates credit for good behavior. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said in the release.
Ramsey is one of 41 state district attorneys, led by Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who are suing the CDCR to overturn the new rules, effective May 1.