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Green Bay man charged with killing girlfriend, friend

Richard Sotka (Photo source: Mississippi County, Ark., Sheriff's Office)
Richard Sotka (Photo source: Mississippi County, Ark., Sheriff's Office)
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) -- A Green Bay man admitted killing his girlfriend and her friend, prosecutors allege.

Richard Sotka, 48, was arrested Sunday in Arkansas, less than a day after the two women were fatally stabbed on Green Bay's east side.

The victims were identified in the criminal complaint by their initials, RC and PO. Police on Monday identified them as a 58-year-old Green Bay woman and a 53-year-old Bellevue woman.

The criminal complaint includes Sotka’s admission that he killed the two women. The document details only Sotka’s version of what happened, as the women he admits he killed cannot speak for themselves.

According to the criminal complaint, Sotka told police he was "humiliated" after finding his girlfriend and her friend engaging in sexual activity in the duplex.

Sotka said the women told him to leave, but he said he could not because he was required to wear an electronic monitoring device and he had recently reported the Elkay Lane duplex as his address.

"He said he asked RC where he was supposed to go and at that point he said he lost it, he just lost it," the criminal complaint says. "He said he couldn't tell (a detective) details or tell (a detective) exactly what happened but he knows he completely lost it."

The monitoring device was ordered as part of bond from Oconto County cases where he is charged with stalking and violating a restraining order. Sotka told police he was already upset over the charges in Oconto County.

"(Sotka) stated, 'I'm guilty of killing these girls but I'm not guilty of what they said I did in Oconto County,'" the criminal complaint says.

According to the complaint, police used the OnStar system in Sotka's truck to track him to Arkansas, where he was arrested Sunday afternoon.

Sotka has also been charged with cutting off his monitoring device and throwing it in a ditch along Interstate 41 in southern Brown County.

Sotka is being held in the Mississippi County, Arkansas, jail. He has not appeared in court as courts are closed because of severe weather in Arkansas.

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Sotka faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon, domestic abuse and bail jumping. The homicide counts carry life prison sentences.

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