This man was convicted of murdering his sister — but he says he deserves a clean slate

Rare | 11/14/2001 | Staff
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A Skagit County man who was convicted of murdering his 8-year-old sister in 2001 will go before a judge Thursday in hopes of wiping the conviction from his record.

Steven Rickards filed a motion to seal records and vacate his conviction as a juvenile offender.

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On Nov. 14, 2001, Rickards admitted to investigators with the Mount Vernon Police Department that he stabbed his sister, Samantha, nearly 20 times inside their Mount Vernon, Washington, home, according to an arrest report. Rickards told police he then placed his sister’s body inside a freezer.

The teen explained to investigators that voices in his head told him to kill his sister. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and treated for mental health issues, according to court documents.

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Rickards, who is now 29, says he has been working hard to better himself after his release. Court documents say he’s working as a licensed electrician. He says he’s trying to pass a background check in order to become a licensed hearing instrument specialist.

Skagit County prosecutor Richard Weyrich released a statement regarding Rickards’ request, saying his office is “sensitive to juveniles being able to rehabilitate themselves and have their...
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