MINOT, North Dakota — A Minot man accused of killing his girlfriend by beating her with his fists and feet for several days has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Darin Parker, 48, agreed to a plea deal Friday that called for a 40-year prison sentence with 15 years suspended. Prosecutors have said Parker punched 44-year-old Karrie Williams in the face and head and kicked her in the body while the two were drinking in February 2014.
Parker said he and Williams were together for 10 years, and that he loved her, but said the two also drank a lot. The couple each had blood alcohol levels of around .29 percent, according to the Minot Daily News.
"Karrie's death is a direct result of me," Parker said in court Friday. "I just don't remember how it happened."
Williams was found badly beaten and barely alive in a Minot apartment on the morning of Feb. 23, 2014. Medical personnel were initially unable to find a pulse, but revived her and transported her to the hospital, where she died hours later.
Kelly Dillon, the deputy state's attorney for Ward County, said Friday that Parker had called his mother to tell her that Williams was dead and that he had slit his wrists.
He initially claimed that Williams had fallen and hit her head, but an autopsy concluded that the bruises covering Williams' face, chest, legs and other parts of her body had been inflicted "over a period of three days to a week" and that some of her ribs and her jaw were broken.
Parker had a history of violence against Williams. He was convicted on domestic violence charges in May and October of 2013.
Before his sentencing on Friday, Parker apologized to Williams' family and to his own for the pain he had caused them. He choked up recalling that he had promised Williams' father that he would take good care of her.
"I failed miserably," said Parker. "I would give anything to give their daughter back, but I can't."