The Latest: DA: Man offered to plead guilty for life term
BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado man charged with shooting and killing three people at a suburban Denver Walmart (all times local):
A Colorado prosecutor says a man charged with killing three people at a suburban Denver Walmart offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.
Adams County District Attorney Dave Young says the offer came in August as he was still debating whether to seek the death penalty against 48-year-old Scott Ostrem.
Ostrem pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder representing the other people in the store who were endangered when he opened fire.
The deal requires a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole.
Young said he met with the victims’ family members about the plea deal before Wednesday’s hearing.
Young hopes family members will receive some closure from speaking at a formal sentencing hearing later this month.
A man charged with opening fire and killing three people at a crowded Walmart in suburban Denver has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder.
Scott Ostrem also pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of attempted first-degree murder for the shots that endangered 30 other people in the store. Prosecutors said the plea agreement calls for Ostrem to be sentenced next week to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Authorities have not discussed a motive for the Nov. 1, 2017 shooting. Police have said Ostrem walked into the store on a weekday evening, fired seven shots in about 20 seconds and left without a word.
Those killed were Pamela Marques, 52, and Victor Vasquez, 26, both of Denver, and Carlos Moreno, 66, of Thornton.