January 12, 2014
Two brothers are headed to prison for their role in the killings of five people at a Denver bar that authorities say was then set on fire in an attempted cover-up.
Joseph Hill, 28, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole Friday after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree murder in the October 2012 slayings.
Lynell Hill, 26, was sentenced to 70 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count each of second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and first-degree arson, The Denver Post reported.
The sentences were part of plea deals with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty. The brothers also agreed to testify against a third suspect being prosecuted in the deaths at Fero’s Bar & Grill, Dexter Lewis.
Lewis is accused of fatally stabbing five people around closing time at the neighborhood bar. One victim was stabbed 21 times.
Investigators say the five were killed in the course of a botched robbery motivated by Lynell Hill’s need for money to pay for an unrelated court case. The men allegedly got away with just $170.
They also are accused of setting the bar on fire to cover up the slayings.