Riggs sentenced in murder of Ferbrache

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

On October 31 2019, the courtroom filled with family members and friends of Paula Febrache and a small family presence for Scott Riggs. This was the final episode and sentencing in a long drawn out court case of just over two years in the murder case of Paula Febrache. Paula and her husband had notified Riggs that they would not be renewing their lease coming up because they were not taking care of the property as renters and were behind in rent. This has been the background reason for the murder in the first place. “A couple of months rent” in a senseless murder, commented Judge Ryan at the end of the proceeding in which Riggs found himself sentenced by the judge to 45 years, 20 fixed and 25 indeterminate and 789 days credited for time served.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Scott Riggs on Sept. 1, 2017, when he was charged with Murder I in the disappearance of Febrache on Aug. 25, 2017. Febrache never returned home from work that day at Walmart. The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office and detectives of the Idaho State Police were the lead in the investigation that ended on the Knudson Ranch property, belonging to the Febrache’s, where her body was found in the trunk of her car in a field located behind their home.

Febrache’s death was the result of eight stab wounds. Blood at the scene and handprints on the vehicle tied the murder to Riggs. Evidence found in a secondary field with proximity to the Riggs’ home had included her cell phone, a burnt T-Shirt, a bloody knife, a ball-gag, rope, handkerchief and items that after forensic testing, had also tied them to Riggs, his home and Paula.

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