Seven months to the day after Anderson Lavar Swift shot and killed El Dorado Hills resident Khrista Ibarolle outside a local pub, an El Dorado County judge sentenced Swift to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ibarolle, 31, and a friend were coming out of 36 Handles Irish Pub and Eatery in El Dorado Hills when Swift, 41, approached the two and demanded their cash and car keys, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Ibarolle and her friend attempted to run back into the pub when Swift began shooting, deputies said.
Swift sped off in Ibarolle’s car but was apprehended 4 miles away after crashing into the fence of a home. He was booked on suspicion of murder, carjacking, vehicle theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Swift of Oakland was arraigned Jan. 9 in Placerville. He originally pleaded not guilty to the charges but later accepted a plea agreement by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.
On Friday, Judge James Wagoner sentenced Swift to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 25 years and another 13 years of determinate sentence, which means these numbers cannot be changed by a parole board or other agencies. Swift also waived further appeals.
“The accepted plea agreement by the District Attorney’s Office ensures that the defendant will never get out of prison,” said Dave Stevenson, spokesman for the district attorney. “This does not negate the pain, suffering and carnage he caused family, friends and the community. It is our hope that anyone touched by this senseless tragedy may find some sort of resolve with this sentencing.”
After Ibarolle’s murder, her friends and family shared that she had moved from Sacramento to El Dorado Hills to escape city life and what she perceived as a crime surge.
During the sentencing Friday, Ibarolle’s parents read a statement sharing the lingering pain of their daughter’s death seven months prior.
“The Bible tells us you must forgive, and we are trying to do that. We choose not to pursue the death penalty; taking a life for a life,” Ibarolle’s mother said. “We miss her. May God have mercy on your soul.”