Life sentence for ‘Nighthawk’ who killed mom of 2


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man known as “Nighthawk” who was convicted of killing a woman in northeast Grand Rapids will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Donald Spice was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for the November 2015 death of his girlfriend and mother of two, Lori Vargas. A jury found him of guilty of first-degree murder and a count of mutilation of a dead body on June 17.

Investigators said Spice killed Vargas at their Grand Rapids home, left her body in a car on the side of I-96 in Ottawa County and set the car on fire.

Spice admitted to 24 Hour News 8 that he killed Vargas, but said it happened after an argument in which Vargas threatened him with a knife.

In court Wednesday, Vargas’ two children had harsh words for Spice.

“I call him monster because he killed my mom.  This will affect my life because I am not going to grow up with a mom,” one child said.

“I just think it was very rude and disrespectful for him to say, ‘I love her.’  I would rather have had him stay silent than say anything because if he can’t make eye contact with us, then you shouldn’t be able to say that you loved her at the end,” said Vargas’ daughter, Dana A

He has also been charged with being a habitual offender as this is his fourth offense. Nicknaming himself Nighthawk, he committed over 1,200 break-ins around West Michigan nearly 25 years ago. He was convicted for those crimes in 1991.

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