STERLING, Colo. (CBS4/AP)– Two teens accused of murdering both of one of the suspect’s grandparents appeared in court Wednesday morning.
Brendan Lee Johnson, 19, and his girlfriend Cassandra Ann Rieb, 18, face charges of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, forgery and theft.
They appeared in court where Logan County District Court Judge Michael Singer told them the charges carry a possible sentence of death or life without parole.
Investigators say part of Shirley Anne Severance’s remains were found near Sterling and near Lorenzo, Neb. Her husband, Charles Severance, was found dead in their home last weekend.
Johnson is also facing two counts of felony forgery which can carry a sentence of one to three years. Formal charges have not yet been filed with the court. A hearing was set for June 18 to review any changes to the charges.
Arrest affidavits show both teens told police they planned to kill Johnson’s grandparents by smothering them with pillows as they slept. Police say Rieb told them Johnson wanted to inherit their house and $20,000 from their checking account.
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