A woman who castrated and fatally stabbed a man in a Texas hotel room after a drug-fueled night together was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.
Cristal Paulette Richardson, 29, said that she was defending herself from sexual assault when she killed 34-year-old Cedric Lamont Owens in April 2012, according to the Associated Press.
“I do know that I didn’t chase this man like a dog. I didn’t want him to kill me,” Richardson told a Dallas courtroom. “I’m not a killer. I’m not a murderer. I’m somebody’s mother.”
Richardson stabbed Owens approximately 130 times in the bloody incident.
According to the Dallas Morning News:
She said the two, who had known each other less than 12 hours, had spent part of the night together and she used cocaine, PCP, marijuana and alcohol. She said she blacked out so she doesn’t remember all the details of what happened the rest of the night but testified that she was not high at the time of the slayings.
Richardson's family pleaded for a lenient sentence, claiming that she had a hard upbringing and did deserve mercy. But it wasn't enough to persuade prosecutors.
“She carved him up and mutilated him in a way that is unimaginable,” prosecutor Brandi Mitchell said.
Authorities said they found Owen's body naked and bloody in the hotel room, KWTX reports. Richardson was found sitting in a nearby stairwell, naked and bloody.