Monday, June 6, 2016

Alexander Kozak Guilty of 1st Degree Murder in 2015 Mall Shooting // Updated 06/06/16: Kozak Sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole

(Originally written on 04/25/16): There was a fatal mall shooting in nearby Coralville, IA. At 7:30 PM on 06/12/15, 22-year-old Alexander Kozak shot and killed 20-year-old Andrea Farrington in the Coral Ridge Mall. Kozak was arrested later that evening. He was charged with first-degree murder in connection to her death.

Both Kozak and Farrington had been employees at Coralridge Mall. The two had been friends for a while and shared a flirtatious relationship for a while. However, Farrington later felt unsafe within this relationship and began filing complaints of harassment and threats to their employer. Kozak was eventually fired on the evening of 06/12/15. He went home and returned with the weapon that he used to killed Farrington.

Kozak's trial was relocated to Story County, IA. The trial went from April 14th and lasted through today. There was no question about whether or not Kozak killed Farrington. He admitted as much. His defense team tried to mitigate the level of his responsibility by pointing out his diagnosis of intermittent explosive disorder and borderline personality disorder. (Jon's Note: I know way too many people with borderline personality disorder. This is a personality disorder that does not take away your ability to understand your actions. But the other diagnosis is an interesting defense, IMHO.)

His legal defense wasn't enough to protect Kozak from conviction. He was convicted of one count of first-degree murder earlier this afternoon. This carries a mandatory life sentence here in Iowa.

Updated on 06/06/16: Sentencing occurred today for convicted murderer Alexander Kozak. It was no surprise that Kozak was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole earlier today. Additionally, he will have to pay $150,000 in restitution to his victim's estate, as well as other costs incurred during the trial.

Given that he will be in prison for the rest of his life, I have no clue how Kozak will manage to pay off his restitution fees.

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