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Suspected multi-county serial killer faces life in prison

The man accused of killing three people in a multi-county crime spree faces life in prison without parole.

Posted: May 13, 2021 9:09 PM
Updated: May 13, 2021 9:10 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The man accused of killing three people in a multi-county crime spree faces life in prison without parole.

Action News Now spoke with the daughter of one of the victims and showed us how they're coping with the loss.

"It's almost an everyday thing but when it's brought back to life it makes it that much harder," said Samantha Clark, the daughter of Vicky Cline.

Clark is reliving her mother’s murder as Ryan Blinston, the alleged killer of Clark’s mother, was in the courthouse Thursday facing life in prison without parole.

"It baffles my mind that someone could do something like this and not acknowledge that that's a human life, that's someone's family, but I'm glad he's caught," Clark said.

Clark said she was with her mother a few days before her death.

"It was three days before her death, she came to my house, she had just bought a new sundress, and she was twirling around it,” Clark said. “We hung out for a bit and she went on her way."

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A week later, Clark received a phone call that her mother was found dead after being burned in her car.

Blinston is the main suspect in the deaths of Cline, Sandra George and Loreen Severs. Investigators said he tried to kill Severs’ husband Homer.

The murders happened within a month of each other.

“This was a very scary series of events and so we wanna make sure the person we believe that is responsible will remain away from the public for life," Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said.

"I'm hoping the families finally get, closure isn't even the right word but to rest assured that something's being done,” Clark said. “I'm glad a person like this is off the streets, you never can determine what life is gonna bring so hug your family and enjoy every minute that you can with them.”

Blinston was arraigned in court on Thursday but did not enter a plea. He is expected to return on May 19.

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