Second suspect in 2012 murder case gets 30 years

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Julius Suttin is one of two men accused in the June 2012 murder of Bill Smith and will now spend the next three decades behind bars.

The decision came after a jury found Sutton guilty of second degree murder, first degree arson, assault and tampering with evidence.

The defense filed a motion for a new trial after providing new evidence they said would prove Sutton was wrongfully accused of the murder, but the judge ruled it was not sufficient enough to grant a re-trial.

The defense argued Sutton was not the primary actor in the murder, saying there was more evidence linking his co-defendant Lucos Schultz to the crime.

The prosecution fought back bringing up Sutton's history of violent crimes as he was on probation for a felony burglary charge on the night of the murder.

Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle suggested sentencing Sutton to more than 30 years, however the defense felt 16 years would be an appropriate amount of time.

The judge ultimately ruled Sutton would serve the same sentence as Schultz.

It was the early morning of June 12th, 2012 when Sutton and Schultz got in an alcohol-fueled fight with Bill Smith.

The court found that both men took part in assaulting Smith then setting his RV on fire with his unconscious body inside.

Sutton's mother, Sheri Parker, said they plan on appealing the Judge's decision and that her son is innocent.

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