MASON CITY, Iowa – 61 year old Ronald Rand made it clear he knows he’s been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend at his home in Hampton, but Monday he claimed it was an accident.
Rand walked into court Monday knowing his fate. First degree murder has him behind bars for the rest of his life. The state read a letter from the victim’s parents to the court. The letter included them say they miss their daughter every day and that they hope Rand and his family find peace.
Moments after, Rand made a statement in regards to what happened that night in December.
“I also think it was just a tragic accident that happened with two people, drunk, playing with a gun. I’m not guilty of murder in the first degree,” Rand said.
Some of Rand’s family and friends were present.