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Murderer OKs deal

Richard Polaski

Richard Polaski

KINGMAN – How long Richard Joseph Polaski will spend in jail for murdering his close friend will be determined by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.

Polaski, 63, pleaded guilty Monday during a change of plea hearing to a reduced charge of second degree murder in the death of John Holland. If Jantzen accepts the plea, Polaski will be facing 10 to 18 years in state prison.

“The judge can go as low as 10 (years). That’s something the judge will have to weigh after going through all the case facts,” said prosecutor Jonathan Taylor.

As part of the plea agreement, Polaski will not face any more charges, said Taylor.

Polaski confessed July 16 to authorities that he stabbed Holland, 65, to death and buried the body in his backyard.

Authorities dug up a body buried beneath concrete Aug. 29 in a home’s backyard on Lass Avenue. It was the body of Holland.

Polaski told investigators that he got into an argument with Holland before he killed him.

Holland was said to have had “upwards of a few million dollars in a Merrill Lynch account which Polaski gained access to by forging documents and obtaining a power of attorney over (Holland) after his murder,” according to a search warrant affidavit.

The investigation is ongoing. According to the affidavit, Polaski had co-conspirators working with him while allegedly stealing the money.

Taylor said he would provide no further statements until Polaski’s sentence is resolved.

Polaski said that a woman assisted him in forging documents to obtain access to (Holland’s) money and transferring the deed of his residence into Polaski’s name, the affidavit said.

The woman purchased vehicles and created a business with Holland’s money and was said to have sold an Airstream trailer belonging to Holland, according to the affidavit.

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