STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the killing of Lori Bases in Steamboat Springs in the year 2000.
The Routt County jury handed down a guilty verdict for Thomas Johnson in the May 11, 2000 killing of Bases after 95 minutes of deliberation.
This was Johnson’s third trial and conviction for murder. Johnson’s two prior convictions were overturned on appeal.
Following the verdict Judge Michael O’Hara immediately sentenced Johnson to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
District Attorney Brett Barkey said, “We greatly appreciate the jury’s close attention to the evidence of this horrific murder. The verdict and sentence bring a measure of justice for Lori Bases and hopefully some closure, though delayed these past 16 years, for her family. I wish to extend appreciation to the many law enforcement agencies that worked so hard on the investigation and prosecution of this case, especially the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Routt County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol.”