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Man who murdered mom is sentenced

KINGMAN - A Kingman man was sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison for the murder of his mother, Vivian Neal.

Robert L. Fisher, 33, of Kingman was sentenced to 21 years in prison for second-degree murder and 3.75 years for aggravated assault. Judge Steven Conn ordered that the sentences run consecutively and gave Fisher credit for nearly two-and-a-half years in jail.

Fisher was originally charged with felony first-degree murder, arson of an occupied structure and aggravated assault after he stabbed his mother to death and then allegedly set a couch on fire on Jan. 9, 2006.

A jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated assault and not guilty of arson in June.

In determining the sentence, Conn found that Fisher had at least two historical prior felonies and that the murder was committed with a dangerous weapon in an especially cruel manner.

The prior felonies were from California and Arizona and involved receiving stolen property, taking a vehicle without consent, possession of a controlled substance and third-degree burglary.

He also declined to consider that Fisher had expressed some remorse over his actions.

Conn found it hard to believe that after Fisher was able to convince so many of his family members and stated to several doctors that he had not committed the crime, that Fisher felt any remorse.

And now he was claiming that voices and aliens or witches had made him do it.

Conn also determined that the crime may have been committed while Fisher was on parole for a prior felony. However, Conn said he did not used the parole violation as a factor in determining how long of a prison sentence he issued to Fisher.

Conn determined that Fisher's mental status was a mitigating factor in the sentencing.

"I loved my mom very much," Fisher told the court. He wished he had gotten the help he needed from the court and the state back in 2003 when he was convicted of a previous felony. That felony was reversed by a court of appeals.

Conn told Fisher that he found it hard to believe that the court had not given Fisher every possible opportunity to help his mental status.

Conn had ordered Fisher admitted to the state hospital, he had instructed the jury as to the charge of guilty but insane and even had Fisher evaluated before trial in order to make sure he was competent.

It was the jury that found that he was guilty of the charges. They did not rule on whether he was insane or not.

"I don't know," Conn said. "I am still left trying to explain why you would stab your mother, who you said you loved dearly, so many times. I would like to think there is some explanation."

"I would just like to tell him how much he has destroyed my life and destroyed everyone else's lives in the family," said Shannon Neal, the husband of the victim.

Fisher's insanity plea was all just a game, Neal said.

"I hope you rot in hell," he said.

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