Kaitlin Armstrong will never see the light of day ever again as a free woman after she was sentenced to 90 years in prison after being found guilty on Thursday of murdering 25-year-old Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson.
The trial started on November 1st and came more than a year after Wilson was found fatally shot to death in her friend’s home on May 11, 2022.
Hours before the professional cyclist would meet her death date, she met up with fellow cyclist Colin Strickland. They went swimming and had dinner and drinks before Strickland dropped Wilson off at her friend’s home. An hour later, she was found deceased.
Investigators turned their attention toward Strickland’s girlfriend whose vehicle was seen near the home where Wilson was killed, KXAN reports. The belief is Armstrong gunned down Wilson “in a jealous rage” because Wilson used to date her boyfriend.
Both sides called Strickland to the stand as the prosecutors used his testimony to build out the motive of jealousy while the defense painted him as manipulative and “comfortable with misinformation” after he admitted to lying about what he was doing on the night of Wilson’s murder.
Armstrong was said to have stalked Wilson’s location with the Strava app — a popular tool for cyclists and runners that shows their routes — and that she had access to Strickland’s Apple and Gmail accounts and would read his texts and emails.
Strickland, who had a sexual relationship with Wilson while on a “break” with Armstrong, had changed her name in his phone.
Friends testified that Armstrong appeared jealous of Wilson and had talked about killing her but none of them took her to be serious until it actually happened.
After 43 days on the run, Armstrong was arrested in Costa Rica on June 29. After she was returned to the U.S., she was charged with murder and pleaded not guilty. On Thursday, she was found guilty of first-degree murder.