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Man Sentenced To Maximum In Denver Murder And Brazen Kidnapping

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DENVER (CBS4)- The man accused of kidnapping a security guard from the Cherry Creek Mall parking lot and murdering a 73-year-old man in 2011 has been sentenced to life in prison plus 102 years in prison.

Earlier this month a jury found William Lornes guilty of murder, kidnapping, robbery and vehicle theft.

William Lornes (credit: CBS)

William Lornes (credit: CBS)

Lornes kidnapped a security guard from the Cherry Creek Mall parking lot and murdered a 73-year-old man in 2011.

Investigators say Lornes confonted Gerald Schwartzman in a King Soopers parking lot, stole his car and then later killed him and left his body in a dumpster.

Gerald Schwartzman (credit: Denver DA)

Gerald Schwartzman (credit: Denver DA)

It was just a few hours later that Lornes kidnapped the security guard and forced her to drive him around at gunpoint and then locked her in a trunk.

She was able to escape.

Lornes crashed the stolen vehicle and then showed up at a bed and breakfast in Morrison and called for a cab. Police then spotted Lornes in that taxi and arrested him.

Lornes mother was in the courtroom and cried as the case finally came to an end when her son was sentenced to life in prison and an additional 102 years behind bars.

“I’m sorry for what happened to them, you know. I just hope he gets help is all,” said Catherine Lornes.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Christine Washburn said anything less than the maximum sentence would not have brought justice to either family, “I think it’s important to recognize Gerald Schwartzman and a sentence for what happened to him and Janice Marriot for what happened to her.”

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