Darrin E. Sanford – Repeat Sex Offender – Pleads guilty to Murder

A 31-year-old convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to aggravated first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a teenage girl in an overgrown field in the southwest Washington community of Hazel Dell.

Darrin E. Sanford entered his plea Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Under Washington state law, the only other punishment for aggravated murder is life in prison with no possibility of release.

Thirteen-year-old Alycia Nipp had apparently taken a shortcut through the field on Feb. 22. According to court documents, Sanford told police he tried to have sex with her. He said he wasn’t able to complete the act and after she laughed at him, he killed her in a rage.

State Department of Corrections records show Sanford as a Level III sex offender – the category considered most likely to re-offend. He was convicted in 1998 in Clark County of luring and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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