SANTA ANA (AP) — A former college district official in Orange County who killed and dismembered his wife has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
Sixty-four-year-old Richard Forsberg, a one-time resident of Westminster, was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder.
Forsberg was a Coast Community College District administrator.
Prosecutors say he killed 60-year-old Marcia Ann Forsberg in their Rancho Santa Margarita home on Feb. 9, 2010 during an argument in bed.
Authorities say he bludgeoned her with a goddess statue from a nightstand, then spent several days dismembering her body.
He then rented a recreational vehicle and bought two new freezers, placing the body parts in the freezers and drove them to a campground at Lake Piru Recreation Area in Ventura County. The body parts were burned there.
When questioned about his wife’s whereabouts, he claimed they had been having marital problems and she had “left town to be on her own.”
On Aug. 24, 2010 concerned friends contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which launched an investigation. After initially denying any wrong-doing, Forsberg sent a letter of confession and attempted suicide.
The Coast Community College District includes Golden West College, Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College.