Brother in Roper murder gets life in prison

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The man convicted in a stabbing death last year will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Julio Sesar Ortiz faced first degree murder charges-- among others-- in the 2012 stabbing of Abel Roper.

Investigators say Julio and his brother Jose stabbed Roper 13 times in the torso and leg after what started as a bar fight.

Roper was found dead in his truck on March 1, 2012.

Ortiz was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 203012901 -
Gray Television, Inc.