DA: Man who killed his mother with dumbbell gets life in prison

A man who killed his mother in 2020 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday.

Posted: Aug 4, 2021 5:00 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2021 8:10 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A man who is charged with killing his mother with a 10-pound dumbbell was sentenced to life in prison, according to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.

Last month, 46-year-old Aaron Connors pleaded no contest to a charge of first-degree premeditated and deliberate murder, the district attorney said.

On March 5, 2020, Connors went to visit his mother, 68-year-old Susan Robb, at her home in Chico.

Robb invited Connors inside and they visited for a few hours before Connors went outside and grabbed a 10-pound dumbbell from his can.

Robb was sitting on the couch when her son hit her on the head and continued to hit her multiple times with the dumbbell, District Attorney Mike Ramsey said.

Robb’s roommate returned home after work and found her body.

The office said Connors went to the Gold Country Casino in Oroville where he was arrested by deputies.

Connors told detectives he was thinking about killing his mother for decades. The District Attorney’s Office said Connors said he just became homeless and was living out of his van before the murder.

Connors was an elementary school teacher at one point but faced hard times like divorce, alcoholism loss of his job and a failure in a relationship, the District Attorney’s Office said.

The office said Connors added he felt relieved after he killed his mother because he knew California would provide “a safe place to stay, food and a place to lay his head.”

He could face parole in 16 years as he was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

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