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.


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