Corrales Statement to Court During Sentencing Hearing
Michael Corrales and Christopher Shipley have been found guilty of murdering 71-year-old Charles Kilpatrick with a pickaxe while he slept on his couch. The main motivator of the attack was getting money and a vehicle to get drugs. A summary of this case can be read here. Although the evidence points to Corrales as the one who swung the axe, both defendants maintained that the other was responsible even up until the sentencing hearing. The following is Michael Corrales’s statement to the court.
“I want you to know how truly and sincerely sorry I am. I can imagine how horrible all this has been for you and, and I want you to know there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about what I could have done differently that night, you know, to prevent any of this from happening.
It wasn’t my idea. It wasn’t my plan, you know. I’m not gonna sit up here and act like I’m completely innocent, you know. I’m an I.V. drug user. I got a long, long history of bad choices. And I’m a lot of things, but I’m not a murderer. Unfortunately, because of myself and Mr. Shipley an innocent person is now dead, you know, and drugs and alcohol played the main role in all this. And I feel, I feel just as guilty as the person who actually committed this crime. And he’s, he knows who he is.
You know, I, I didn’t make a deal with the state to turn state’s evidence to try to get a lesser sentence, you know. So, I throw myself today at the mercy of the court, you know. And your honor, I ask you to, can you not, only not judge a book by it’s cover but also from a few bad pages as well, you know.”