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

Roy Lee Smith & George Kennedy – both Registered Sex Offenders – Persons of Interest in Missing Nevaeh case

Monroe County authorities said Thursday that a second man — a Monroe resident who’s also a convicted sex offender — is a second “person of interest” in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.

Roy Lee Smith, 48, was released from state prison in February, 2008, after serving time for a 1991 conviction for criminal sexual conduct.

Smith is in custody in Monroe County on a parole violation said John Cordell, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Correction.

According to an affidavit, Smith gave his nephew’s van to George Kennedy, a convicted sex offender who remains in custody on an unrelated parole violation. Authorities have said Kennedy is also a person of interest in the girl’s disappearance.

A search warrant executed in the case of missing 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan revealed that the motel room of a convicted sex offender who police say is a “person of interest” in the case contained bloodstained shorts and a towel and bloodstains above the sink.

Hairs also were found in the room, where property was searched and some was seized, the search showed.

The last two children to see the girl on Sunday claimed that she went “into the woods and was kidnapped by a bad man” and was stabbed in the stomach, according to the search warrant.

One of the children said she witnessed Nevaeh being stabbed with a knife and “tried to help” but could not after she saw the girl going “into the woods … to meet Daddy George.”

Kennedy has been described by police and relatives as the boyfriend of Nevaeh’s mother, Jennifer Buchanan, and a “person of interest” in the case.

Kennedy remains in custody on an unrelated parole violation.

The warrant also covered a search of a vehicle believed to be driven by Kennedy.

In the center console of the van, a case for a JVC radio face was found to have “contained a silver multitool, which appeared to have blood on the exterior,” the warrant said.

A preliminary examination found the blood to be human.

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

………Sarah Tofte