Illinois man sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing ex-girlfriend in Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) - A judge on Tuesday sentenced an Illinois man, who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend in Dubuque this year, to 50 years in prison.
Prosecutors initially charged Richard Forsythe with first degree murder. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder.
Court documents show Forsythe admitted to stabbing and killing Jennifer Lopez.
Investigators say Forsythe stabbed her at least 15 times.
The judge said 70 percent of the sentence must be served before Forsythe will be eligible for parole.
Forsythe is also required to pay $150,000 in restitution to the victim’s family, and $12,327.43 to the Iowa Crime Victim Compensation Program.
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