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Man who admitted to killing former Iowa State golfer apologizes

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A 22-year-old homeless man who pleaded guilty to killing an Iowa State University golfer has reportedly apologized for the slaying.

Collin Richards in June pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquín Arozamena, 22, whose body was found at a golf course about two miles from the university in Ames on Sept. 17, 2018.

"I want to show remorse for stripping a life from society worse from a loving family," Richards said in a handwritten letter to Judge Bethany Currie on Tuesday, according to NBC affiliate WHO of Des Moines. "I want the family and you to know im sorry."

a close up of a person: This booking photo provided by the Story County (Iowa) Jail shows Collin Daniel Richards.  Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. © Story County (Iowa) Jail via AP file This booking photo provided by the Story County (Iowa) Jail shows Collin Daniel Richards. Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. Richards also wrote that "change is my mission" and "I will use all resources and steps" and "if there is anything I can do I will."

He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Aug. 23, the station reported.

The letter appears unlikely to change his sentence.

Betina Jozami holding a baseball bat on a field: Golfer Celia Barquin-Arozamena © Iowa State Athletics Golfer Celia Barquin-Arozamena

Richards was homeless and staying at a homeless camp when he was arrested, officials said at the time he was charged. Richards had scratches on his face “consistent with a fight” and a cut on his hand, and a knife was found, according to a criminal complaint.

Barquín Arozamena was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and was pursuing her career at Iowa State, the Associated Press reported in June when Richards pleaded guilty to murder.

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