Bebb-Jones pleads guilty to wife's murder

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- A British resident and former Grand Junction hotel owner admits to the 1997 murder of his wife.

Marcus Bebb-Jones, 49, struck a plea agreement with prosecutors Friday, pleading guilty to the second degree murder of Sabrina Bebb-Jones in the heat of passion.

The charge typically carries a sentence of 10 to 32 years in jail, but under the plea agreement, his sentence will be no more than 20 years, according to a 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office release.

On Friday, Sabrina's family read a statement to the court through the assistant district attorney, asking that the judge to sentence Bebb-Jones to the maximum penalty for his cruelty, lack of remorse and for taking Sabrina from them, the release says.

Bebb-Jones will be back in court on May 1, 2013, for his sentencing. Because of his guilty plea, his jury trial, which is scheduled for April 1, will be cancelled.

Sixteen years ago, Bebb-Jones reported his wife, Sabrina, missing when the two owned the Melrose Hotel in Grand Junction. In 2004, a rancher found her skull in a remote wooded area on Douglas Pass.

Five years later, British police arrested Bebb-Jones in England and extradited him to Garfield County, under the condition that he would not receive the death penalty if convicted.

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