Sentencing Underway For Convicted Killer Dexter Lewis

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dexter Lewis receives five life sentences plus 180 years for Fero’s Bar murders.

DENVER (AP) — A man convicted of stabbing five people to death during a Denver bar robbery that netted $170 has been sentenced to five life sentences and an additional 180 years for other felony counts. A judge will issue a mandatory sentence of life without parole for Dexter Lewis, 25, who was convicted in August of five counts of murder for the October 2012 stabbings at Fero’s Bar and Grill. The case raised doubts about whether capital punishment will ever be imposed again in Colorado as it came just after theater shooter James Holmes was given a life sentence for murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more at a crowded midnight movie.

A fourth man who was a part of the robbery, Demarea Harris, was a confidential informant at the time for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The robbery took place Oct. 13, 2012 when firefighters found the bodies of five people inside Fero’s on Colorado Boulevard after they responded to a call about a fire. The jury found aggravating factors in the first phase of the sentencing trial, evidence as to why Lewis should be sentenced to death, but ultimately failed to find the aggravating factors outweighed mitigating factors.

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