Man who fired homemade cannon that exploded, killing girlfriend talks to 10News

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The man who admitted to killing his girlfriend with a homemade cannon spoke with 10News Tuesday evening.

Richard Fox has already been in jail for about two years because of something everyone involved in his case agrees was an accident.

"It was stupid, you know," said Fox. "We just did it because we were bored and just trying to have fun."

That fun was at his home in Potrero until an explosion – from homemade fireworks – that killed his girlfriend Jeanette Ogara.

"I pulled out my phone and I called 911 immediately and I told them... I told them, I said, 'My cannon broke,' you know. And they said 'What?!'" said Fox.

The word "cannon" followed the story ever since. It was similar to metal welded shut at the bottom, which he would pack it with gunpowder and sparklers and light a wick.

"It was a fireworks launcher that broke because it got wore out," he said.

He pleaded guilty this week to felony charges of explosion of a destructive device, but does not want people to have the wrong idea about him.

"They charged me with the same charge that's made for terrorists, or the people who did the Boston Marathon bombings … people who do that kind of stuff on purpose to hurt people," he said. "I didn't do that."

However, he does face time in prison for what he did do – all the while wishing he could trade places with Ogara, his partner of 11 years and mother to his 4-year-old daughter.

"I didn't stop. I didn't stop giving her CPR until they got there. I knew it was too late you know," Fox said.

Fox's formal sentencing will be in September. He faces six to 10 years in prison.

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