COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Fort Carson soldier of first-degree murder in the death of a 19-year-old woman, whom he got to know over the internet.
The Gazette in Colorado Springs reports that 23-year-old Robert Hull Marko, convicted Thursday, faces a mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole when he’s sentenced Feb. 28. The jury convicted Marko of the rape and murder of Judilianna Lawrence in 2008.READ MORE: Denver Tied 126-Year-Old Record High Saturday, Lands In Top 5 For 90 Degree Days
Prosecutors say Marko raped Lawrence, bound and gagged her, tied her to a tree and slit her throat. Marko’s attorneys argued that their client, who served in Iraq, is mentally ill and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.READ MORE: Police, Firefighters, Rescue Teams Continue Search For Diana Brown, Missing Flash Floods Ripped Through Poudre Canyon
Before the trial, Marko pleaded guilty two counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child in a separate incident.MORE NEWS: Woman Killed While Crossing Broadway, Search Continues For Hit-And-Run Suspect Driver
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