Strangulation death gets Parker man 15 years in prison

February 13, 2019

A Parker man will spend 15 years in federal prison after being convicted of second degree murder charger. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday that Larson Namow Burns, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for the Jan. 3, 2018, strangulation death of the victim, who is only identified by his initials, HTB, in court documents.

Burns is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

According to court records, Burns strangled the victim in his home using video cables, twisting a metal rod to tighten the cords around the victim’s neck. He also used a blunt object to hit the victim multiple times in the head, documents said. According to the sentencing report, the victim and his wife allowed Burns to “come back home” and stay with them after his siblings no longer wanted him to stay with them in California. On the night of Jan. 3, 2018, the victim’s wife, identified as “SB,” saw Burns doing “weird things,” including tearing up the carpet and padding in the bathroom, spreading his father’s tools, radios and laptop computer around, and making loud noises. She was warned against going into the restroom near her husband’s bedroom, and police said it was unknown whether the victim was already dead in the bathroom. She called police because of her concerns.

According to court documents, video footage from body cameras worn by officers with CRIT police showed officers walking through the home with the victim’s wife when she discovered his body. A toxicology report showed Burns had methemphatamine in his system at the time of the murder.

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