Teen sentenced, other pleads in Xbox beating death

BOULDER - The two teens involved in the beating death of a mentally disabled Boulder man for his Xbox last year were in court in separate appearances Wednesday. Austin Holford, 19, was sentenced. Luke Pelham, 19, entered a plea.

Holford will be spending the next 56 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, assault on an at-risk victim and aggravated battery in February. Pelham pleaded guilty to similar charges during his appearance Wednesday.

The teens beat to death Aaron Tuneberg, 30, in March 2014. Tuneberg suffered serious head injuries after the young men beat him with a bat and golf club. They also stole Tuneberg's Xbox.

At his sentencing, Holford said he prays for Tuneberg's family every night and said Tuneberg's face is the last thing he sees before he falls asleep.

Holford's lawyer asked for the minimum sentence allowed for his crimes, 48 years, noting his rough childhood and age.

Pelham underwent months of evaluation at a state mental-health hospital. Doctors found him competent to stand trial.

Pelham will be sentenced August 12.

Tuneberg's mother started started Aaron's Fund. Her goal to raise money and provide job training for adults with disabilities.

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


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