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Man sentenced to 8 years in death of Saugus man

Mother says she can forgive her son’s slayer — because he would have

Posted: March 31, 2014 5:29 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2014 5:29 p.m.

Susan Tricerri with her late son Kevin Reardon. Courtesy photo

 

The mother of a local man stabbed to death in New Mexico in 2012 says she forgives her son’s killer because that is what her son would have done.

On Monday, just minutes before Chip Adam Fox was sentenced in New Mexico to eight years in prison for the killing of Kevin Reardon, the victim’s mother, Susan Tricerri, recalled that the day her son was killed was the day “someone ripped out my heart.”

Now, 19 months after that fatal attack, she has found she can offer forgiveness for that devastating act.

“I forgive him,” Tricerri told The Signal standing on the doorstep of her Valencia home as she waited for word from Clovis County, N.M., about the sentencing.

She was informed that her son’s killer was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison shortly after 3:30 p.m.

“Whether it’s seven years, eight years, 40 or 50 years, it won’t bring Kevin back,” she said after learning of the sentence. “There is only one judge, our righteous God, and if he believes this is an appropriate sentence then it is.

Fox, 35, was sentenced to seven years for voluntary manslaughter, which included a one-year enhancement for a prior conviction, said Miranda Gonzales, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s office in Clovis County.

“He was also sentenced to one year on the charge of solicitation to tamper with evidence,” Gonzales said. “These sentences are to run consecutive for a total of eight years.”

On Aug. 16, 2012, about 10:30 p.m., Reardon and Fox got into a fight outside the home of Fox’s aunt in a South Clovis trailer park, Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said.

Fox stabbed Reardon, who was then rushed to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, four miles away, and later transferred to a trauma hospital in Lubbock, Texas, where he died from his injuries in the early hours of Aug. 17, 2012.

When police detectives asked Reardon to name his attacker, Reardon refused to tell them at first, according to his mother.

“He was very loyal, to the end,” she said. “He didn’t even want to tell the police who stabbed him until he was in the hospital and when Kevin knew he was dying.”

Reardon spent a good portion of his life growing up in the Saugus, having attended Saugus High School for a while.

He married twice, said his mother. He had two sons from his first marriage and a daughter from his second.

“He was a very loving and faithful husband, friend, father and son,” Tricerri said. “No matter what he went through in his life, he forgave people,”

When Kevin Reardon was 14 years old he put on a Green Bay Packers jersey and remained loyal to the NFL team for the rest of his shortened life, she said.

Fox was found guilty in January of voluntary manslaughter and of soliciting to commit tampering with evidence, Assistant District Attorney Laura Sammons of the Clovis County District Attorney’s office said.

“The tampering charge was in relation to a phone call made from prison to another party asked to remove evidence,” Sammons said.

Fox was originally charged with second-degree murder. He was also initially charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, but that particular charge was dismissed within two weeks of his arrest, court papers show.

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