Evans sentenced to life in prison for murdering Cedar Rapids woman

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- The man who killed a Cedar Rapids woman and burned down her garage to cover the crime will spend the rest of his life in prison.

39-year-old Timothy Evans pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the death of Gina Frederiksen. Originally Evans had also faced charges of robbery, burglary, and arson.

Evans plea to first-degree murder carries with it that mandatory life in prison sentence without parole. What is unique is about this situation is that this was not a plea deal but rather an act of guilty conscience from Evans.

In a Linn County courtroom Friday, Evans waived his right to a trial, opting instead to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. He also requested the judge impose an immediate sentence.

Attorneys for Evans explained the decision was made at their client's request.

"Mr. Evans has told us he wants to take responsibility for his actions in this matter," said one of his attorneys.

Before sentencing, Gina Frederiksen's family told Evans how much his actions cost them. Evans stared at the desk in front of him as those who had been close with Frederiksen spoke. But some of what was said was nevertheless addressed directly towards him. Frederiksen's mother called Evans, "a representation of the devil."

Evans was also given the opportunity speak but he opted not to.

Evans is also awaiting trial on felony arson and burglary charges for a separate incident. That trial is scheduled for March but those charges could be dropped since Evans will already spend life in prison.