Man accused of killing two women says he ‘snapped’ after finding them together

Posted at 2:26 PM, February 8, 2023 and last updated 2:04 PM, July 7, 2023


GREEN BAY  — A 48-year-old Wisconsin man accused of killing two women is awaiting extradition in Arkansas.

Richard Sotka mugshot

This Jan. 29 booking photo provided by the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas shows Richard Sotka, who is accused of killing two women in Green Bay. (Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office)

Richard Sotka is accused of murdering 58-year-old Rhonda Cegelski and 53-year-old Paula O’Connor in Green Bay on Jan. 28.

A criminal complaint says Sotka and Cegelski had been dating for a short time at the time of the killings. O’Connor is described as Cegelski’s best friend.

Sotka was arrested Jan. 29 during a traffic stop in Arkansas after Green Bay Police contacted law enforcement to notify them that a person of interest may be traveling through the state. Authorities used the OnStar feature in Sotka’s truck to locate him, according to the complaint.

During a police interview, Sotka told authorities that he killed the women after finding them intoxicated and engaging in sexual conduct together.

(L) Rhonda Cegelski, (R) Paula O’Connor (Family provided photos via Green Bay Police Department)

Sotka, who had just moved into the residence with Cegelski, said he “just snapped” when she told him to leave and an argument ensued. He claimed he was “humiliated” by finding the women together and had no where to go because his personal GPS monitor from another pending case was registered to the residence.

Sotka also claimed he couldn’t remember many details about the killings, but admitted to using a knife.

He’s facing multiple charges, including two charges of first-degree intentional homicide.




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