VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Steven Rickard has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the murder of Kristen Gregg.

Rickard was found guilty of the murder of Gregg on March 9. Rickard shot and killed Gregg on December 12, 2020. According to a release from Vigo County Prosecutor, Terry Modesitt, Rickard has been found guilty of the following crimes:

  • Murder
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, 
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Possession of Methamphetamine

During the trial, it was found that Rickard had a history of threatening Gregg and repeatedly terrorizing Gregg throughout their relationship. Before the shooting, Rickard had made several threats towards Gregg, including threats made with a firearm. The day the shooting occurred, Gregg was packing her belonging to move them out of Rickard’s residence. 

At the sentencing, Deputy Prosecutor Charles Ray underlined the history of violence in the relationship and Rickard’s criminal history, asking for Rickard to receive a 72-year prison sentence. Judge Sarah Mullican found that Rickard’s history of  PTSD allowed for a reduced sentence and ordered Rickard to serve 50 years for the murder and an additional 10 years for the use of the firearm, for a total prison sentence of 60 years.

“Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Kristen. We are very thankful to the officers that worked the investigation and the jurors who served in this matter. And we ask that our community continue to work to eliminate domestic violence in Vigo County.” Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please reach out to CODA, the Council on Domestic Abuse, and use the services they offer.