BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A man charged with killing his mother last year with a dumbbell entered a plea of no contest to first-degree murder, according to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.
46-year-old Aaron Connors of Chico was in court Wednesday to set a jury trial date but changed his not guilty plea to no contest, the District Attorney’s office said.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the case began on March 5, 2020, when Connors was at his mother’s house in north Chico in the morning.
His mother, 68-year-old Susan Robb, invited him into the home when they visited for multiple hours.
Connors went outside and grabbed a 10-pound dumbbell from his van before he reentered his mother’s home.
He hit Scott on the head with the dumbbell when she was sitting on the couch with her back to Connors.
Connors hit his mother multiple times with the dumbbell, causing her to die, Ramsey said.
Robb’s roommate came home to find her dead body and called 911.
Connors then went to the Gold County Casino in Oroville where he was arrested by Butte County deputies.
Connors was interviewed by the sheriff’s office and he said he was thinking about killing his mother for years, according to the district attorney’s office.
Ramsey said there are no known mental health issues for Connors.
His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 4 as he faces a statutory term of 25 years to life in prison. He could have a parole hearing in 16 years.
Connors is in custody at the Butte County Jail pending his sentencing.