KINGMAN, Ariz. — A northwestern Arizona man who told authorities the
“dream police” ordered him to kill his mother has pleaded guilty to
second-degree murder in her beating and stabbing death.
Roger Drake, 47, of Yucca, entered the plea Tuesday in Mohave County Superior
Court, the Kingman Daily Miner reported.
Doctors who examined Drake following the 2013 killing of 66-year-old Carol
Drake found he was insane at the time, but he has since been restored to
Judge Derek Carlisle advised him that he could plead guilty but insane, but
Drake turned down the option that would have put him in the care of a state
psychiatry board and the state mental hospital.
Defense attorney Ron Gileo said Drake wanted to go to prison, not the mental
Drake told Carlisle that the medications he takes in jail make him “calm and
relaxed” and that he has no problems thinking clearly.
In interviews with sheriff’s detectives, Drake had acknowledged killing his
mother, saying the “dream police” told him to do so.
When sentenced June 30, Drake will get a 21-year prison term under a plea
agreement that drops a first-degree murder charge.