COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A former Fort Carson soldier who served in Iraq has been sentenced to life in prison plus 84 years for the rape and murder of one teenager and the sexual assault of another.
Robert Hull Marko, 23, was sentenced Monday in Colorado Springs.READ MORE: Colorado Water Suppliers Seeing 'Traditional Patterns' Change Each Year
He was convicted Feb. 3 of first-degree murder, plus two counts each of sex assault and attempted sex assault of 19-year-old Judilianna Lawrence, whom he got to know over the Internet. She died in 2008.READ MORE: 'This Is Offering Them Shelter For The Night': City Of Northglenn Converts Old Rec Center Into Winter Housing For Homeless
He also pleaded guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl five days before Lawrence’s murder.
The Gazette reports that during the sentencing hearing, Marko’s father, Wes Marko, questioned whether lives could have been saved had more been done to help soldiers returning home with mental health problems.MORE NEWS: VIDEO: Colorado Bobcat Hunts For Next Meal
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