Bebb-Jones sentenced to 20 years

By  | 

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- Marcus Bebb-Jones, a former Grand Junction hotel owner, will spend 20 years in prison for the murder of his wife.

A Garfield County judge handed down the sentence Wednesday, but he said he will be giving the 49-year-old credit for time served, which is just under 3.5 years.

On Feb. 15, Bebb-Jones pleaded guilty to the 1997 second degree murder of Sabrina Bebb-Jones, in the heat of passion.

The district attorney today dismissed the charge of first degree murder after deliberation, according to Garfield County Clerk James Bradford.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Bebb-Jones could not be sentenced to more than 20 years, even though second degree murder usually carries a prison sentence of up to 32 years.

Sabrina's family addressed the court Wednesday, asking for the maximum sentence. The judge said he took it under advisement.

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.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus