Sam Firquin addressed his son from a witness stand Thursday, the anguish of his family’s tragedy etched on his face.
Firquin, a Waco barber, was in court because his 46-year-old son, Aaron Dale Firquin, killed Sam Firquin’s 88-year-old father in a brutal manner last year. Aaron Dale Firquin pleaded guilty to the crime Thursday.
“I wonder how you feel sitting there today about what you did a year ago,” Sam Firquin said. “You are going to have to live with it for the rest of your life.”
In a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office approved by Judge Matt Johnson, Aaron Firquin was sentenced to 45 years in prison in the July 2010 stabbing and beating death of E.B. Firquin at his home in Bruceville-Eddy.
Aaron Firquin, who has a long history of drug abuse and mental problems, will have to serve at least half his sentence before he can be considered for parole.
After the hearing, Sam Firquin, who was stoic on the witness stand, became more emotional as he described the torment his family has suffered in the past year.
‘A bad year’
“I’m just glad to get it over with. It has been a bad year,” he said, his eyes welling with tears. “It’s a shame that a family has to go through all of this. It’s hard to lose a son and a father all at once.”
Aaron Firquin had been living with his grandfather on Shady Shores Drive in Bruceville-Eddy. On the day of his grandfather’s death, he called 9-1-1 about 2 p.m. and reported an “accidental stabbing.”
When the dispatcher asked for more details, he changed the nature of the call to a “suspicious death,” police said.
When police arrived, they noticed blood spatters on the ceiling, walls and floor of the ramshackle cabin. They followed a trail of blood to the bathroom and found the elder Firquin, a former Bruceville-Eddy mayor, dressed only in a shirt, lying in the bathtub.
Police followed a second trail of blood to the kitchen sink, where they found a bloody butcher knife with an 8-inch blade. A hammer was lying nearby, police said. E.B. Firquin died from blunt-force trauma and stab wounds to his chest and face, according to autopsy reports.
Aaron Firquin’s attorney, Russ Hunt Sr., called the case a “really sad, unfortunate situation.”
“Aaron had some mental problems, but he was both competent and sane at the time of the offense,” Hunt said. “He has some mental problems that need to be addressed, and had it not been for those mental issues, we would not be here today.”
District Attorney Abel Reyna said all factors, including “family dynamics,” were considered when his office offered Firquin the plea deal. Firquin had been scheduled to stand trial Monday and faced up to life in prison.
“In this particular case, it was difficult because we have a man who lost his father and lost his son,” Reyna said.
“In order for us to proceed to trial, we would have had to put him right in the middle of that. Justice required this man to go away for a long time. He is 46 and he is going to be 70 before he can even think about getting out of prison.”