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Illegal Alien Found Guilty of First Degree Murder in Stabbing Death of Mollie Tibbetts

Illegal Alien Found Guilty of First Degree Murder in Stabbing Death of Mollie Tibbetts

“He faces up to life in prison without parole.”

Mollie Tibbetts was, by all accounts, an exceptional young woman.  Just 20-years-old, Tibbetts was a psychology student at the University of Iowa, a summer camp counselor, and at the time of her abduction and murder, was dog-sitting for a friend of her boyfriend.

While she was out enjoying a jog in the small Iowa town of Brooklyn, Cristian Bahena Rivera, 24, spotted her, reportedly found the beautiful college student attractive, and abducted her.  He later led police to her body in a remote corn field where he had left her after stabbing her in her chest and skull.

Rivera, an illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested about a month after Tibbetts was reported missing.  At the time, he claimed that he became angry when Tibbetts rejected his advances (apparently made from his car as she was jogging along the road), and stated that he “blacked out” and initially “forgot “ that her dead body was in the trunk of his car.  He has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

The New York Post reports:

An illegal Mexican immigrant working as an Iowa farmhand was convicted Friday of killing college student Mollie Tibbetts, who was knifed to death while jogging in 2018.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 26, was found guilty of Tibbetts’ murder two days after he denied fatally stabbing the 20-year-old woman during his trial in Davenport, Iowa.

Bahena Rivera will be sentenced July 15, the judge said Friday. He faces up to life in prison without parole.

In a bizarre turn of events, Rivera claimed that two men abducted him from his home and forced him to abduct Tibbetts. The two mystery men—Rivera reportedly never mentioned them to police—then killed Tibbetts and placed her in Rivera’s trunk before ordering him to dump her body in the cornfield, where Rivera later led police to her body.

The New York Post continues:

The convicted murderer had claimed on the stand Wednesday that two armed mystery men commandeered his car and ordered him to repeatedly drive by the University of Iowa student until they got out of the car and killed her.

He said he discovered the woman’s body in his trunk only after the two men ran off from his car. Bahena Rivera admitted to dumping her body in a cornfield.

“I picked her up, and then I put her in the cornfield,” he testified, adding that he covered Tibbetts’ body with corn stalks because he “didn’t want her to be too exposed to the sun.”

He insisted that he didn’t go to the police because he was “scared” since it wouldn’t have been “seen as good [or] right.”

The jury didn’t buy a word of this story, apparently. Rivera will be sentenced on July 15th and faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.


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LibraryGryffon | May 29, 2021 at 7:41 pm

And now we, the taxpayers, will be forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars a year for the next >40 years for his food and medical bills.

I’m not normally a fan of capital punishment but there are times …

JusticeDelivered | May 29, 2021 at 8:35 pm

There are areas of law where cases are fast tracked. I think that capital punishment cases should do the same, limit appeals to 5 years, this crap of 12 and up to 20 years of appeals needs to be stopped.

This young lady should be alive today, the man who murdered her should not.

    randian in reply to JusticeDelivered. | May 30, 2021 at 6:40 am

    I would be ok with that, so long as SCOTUS reversed its decision that proof of innocence doesn’t give you the right to appeal if your appeals are exhausted.

My comment disappeared

The father of the murdered girl is nuts, at least he was when she was initially murdered

He came out in support of illegal aliens and said his murdered daughter would too

    JusticeDelivered in reply to gonzotx. | May 29, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    You are not alone.

    Yeah, I saw that. It’s some sort of weird mental illness on the left. Remember Kayla Mueller, the American leftie aid worker who was kidnapped, raped, and eventually murdered by ISIS? Apparently, neither she nor her parents ever blamed ISIS for her plight and kept trying to excuse ISIS for its barbarian evil. We also saw this in Germany when German women refused to report rapes by the illegals Merkel allowed to flood the country because they wanted to protect their assailants from Islamophobia or whatever. Absolute insanity.

      Ben Kent in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 29, 2021 at 10:34 pm

      Fuzzy, I wrote about Europe in a post on a story from yesterday about crime increasing over 1,000% near the US-Mexico border. It is amazing that women are being terribly victimized by illegals in Europe and America and being told to keep quite to advance a political agenda. And, it appears, many go along with it to avoid being targeted by crazy Marxists who care not a bit for them but only for their agenda. This is truly evil.

        Yes, it is evil. And we saw this during the Occupy movement. Remember the “rape tents”? Women were being raped so frequently by fellow commie Occupiers that they had to set up special tents. Insane. More insane? The rape victims refused to identify their rapist and kept “up twinkling” their own victimization. Sick. Insane. And yes, evil.

      All that said: now everyone knows what people blindly voting democrat will stupidly say when our nation is in ashes, and are freedoms are lost because of these morons’ votes.

      REDACTED in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 30, 2021 at 6:27 am

      Adrienne Shelly’s husband as another beauty. His focus was on Trump, not finding his wife his wife hanging by a knotted sheet in the shower, left there to die by an illegal

      pardon me, undocumented

      ANevskyUSA in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 30, 2021 at 11:46 am

      Right? Where is the Duluth Model on this?

    Ben Kent in reply to gonzotx. | May 29, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    The father said he did not want his daughter’s death to become a point in the debate on border policy.

    – A little late for that.

    And what about protecting future Americans from illegal immigrants ? The father sees his daughter’s murder as an isolated case. But more-and-more of these stories come out and its becoming clear that those taking advantage of open borders to enter illegally include MS-13, drug-dealers and some of the most hardened criminals known to law enforcement.

    >> Head-in-the-sand approach never solves anything.

    See father’s statements here

    The father seems to believe controlling the border is racist. It’s obvious he never thought the issue through to realize the ACTUAL RACISM is allowing one race a defacto preference in immigration. So all others in Asia, Africa, Mideast, Euro have to wait in line but Hispanics from a few countries in central america get a free pass to achieve 100x or more their quota. The right and FAIR solution (ie “anti-racist” solution) is to stop nearly all immigration from central america and increase quotas for the rest of the world so that the rest of the world can catch up.

    @gonzotx, you wrote, “My comment disappeared”

    I’ve looked and looked and cannot find any comment from you on this thread that was spammed or otherwise removed. Are you sure you posted it? Do you happen to have it so I can find it on our end?

    @JusticeDelivered, you wrote, “You are not alone.” I’m guessing you mean that some of your comments are disappearing. Just so you know, we remove all comments that are or can be viewed as racist, advocating violence/genocide, and etc. This is very important to us here at LI because our comment section is under constant review and attack by the left. In an effort to keep our comment section alive, we are asking that our commenters avoid comments that contain overt racism and that advocate violence and/or genocide, and etc.

    It’s not fair, and it may even be wrong (racists exist, hatred and genocidal thoughts exist, but the left wants to purify humanity, and part of their mission includes shutting down all right-leaning sites, including LI), but this is the cultural moment in which we live and must find a way for LI to survive until we can turn it around. Stop writing comments that are repugnant (and yes, many of them are repugnant to us, too), and you won’t see your comments disappear. Hopefully, one day, we can have free and open discussions where racist, genocide-celebrating comments are again permitted (and then lambasted by the rest of the LI community for the evil they are), but until that happens, it would help if you would be more aware of the pressures on this site and on our community as we seek to preserve it. You’re a well-meaning guy, JusticeDelivered, and I hope you get that I’m saying here.

      Milhouse in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 30, 2021 at 12:56 am

      Hopefully, one day, we can have free and open discussions where racist, genocide-celebrating comments are again permitted (and then lambasted by the rest of the LI community for the evil they are),

      Fuzzy, why would you want that? If a comment is evil why do you want to host it? This is private property. Would you allow such talk in your home?!

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Milhouse. | May 30, 2021 at 6:07 am

        Her site, her rules. That, and by allowing comments some or most of us would dislike, she practices what many preach about considering all views, or ways of expressing them.

        Case in point: Rahspierre. LI was very patient with his antics.

        That’s not my down-tick.

        Ben Kent in reply to Milhouse. | May 30, 2021 at 2:02 pm

        Fuzzy is promoting the core principle of free speech which is that everyone is entitled to speak and everyone else is entitled to agree or object.

        Remember the saying “I may object to everything you say, but I will fight for your right to say it” America’s forbearers fought for principles that allow us to have the freedoms that we do in America.

      gonzotx in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 30, 2021 at 9:31 am

      It was probably my phone, sorry , I didn’t know someone would spend their time looking for it.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 30, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Everything in my experience leads me to believe that Arabs in Palestine are genocidal, that they are conducting a war and that the only to deal that situation is with large scale force. In my view that is the essence of war.

      I also think that they need to know that there are conventional non nuclear weapons which can end their reign of terror.

      Loss of Jews would stagnate all of humanity, greatly slowing techological advancement.

      As to Marxists, once they gain control they will purge very large numbers of people, I see defeating them, by any means necessary, as a survival issue.

      I understand LI’s issue, so I will tone it down.

Doing the murder-raping Americans won’t do…

Molly Tibbets’s life mattered more than George Floyd’s.

    UserP in reply to MTED. | May 30, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Then why don’t we say white lives matter?

    Don’t answer that. It’s a rhetorical question.

      Milhouse in reply to UserP. | June 1, 2021 at 12:31 am

      We don’t say “white lives matter” because whether and how much a life matters has nothing to do with its race. Some white lives matter, and some black lives matter, and some lives of every other color matter. Had Tibbets been black and Floyd white, her life would still have mattered and his still wouldn’t.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to MTED. | May 30, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Her life mattered orders of magnitude more that Floyd, And that is not because of race.

texansamurai | May 30, 2021 at 11:20 am

cannot imagine the enormity of the shock/grief/loss experienced by a parent when they lose a child, their own flesh and blood, to violence–because of that, am willing to extend a bit of latitude to them as to their reactions

but what of the victim?–don’t they deserve justice, a reckoning, too?–what about all of their hopes/dreams/aspirations/promise?–we all lose when innocents die by senseless violence–it is for us, the living, to try and make things right in the aftermath–to balance things somehow–we owe that to the victims

have had the privelege of knowing a great many women in this life–out of all of them, can remember only a handful that would willingly endure abuse/violence/sexual attacks in some twisted rationalization that their silence was necessary to advance “the cause”–what in god’s name does that say about us, the men in this world?


henrybowman | May 30, 2021 at 12:17 pm

“he “blacked out” and initially “forgot “ that her dead body was in the trunk of his car.”

My buddy Vern and I had some good laughs remembering all the times this happened to us.

How exactly was this illegal alien able to get a car and a license and insurance so he could cruise around looking for chicks? I’ll bet Mexico was gald to be rid of him.