DENVER - On Tuesday, brothers Lynell HIll, 24, and Joseph Hill, 27, agreed to plead guilty for their roles in the murder of five people during a robbery at Fero's Bar near Alameda Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in 2012.
Lynell pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and first-degree arson. Lynell will receive 70 years in prison.
Joseph Hill agreed to plead guilty to five counts of first-degree murder and will receive a life sentence for his role in the homicides.
The Denver DA has until Friday to decide on the death penalty for the third suspect, Dexter Lewis, 22. Lewis was not part of Tuesday's plea. He faces first-degree murder, felony murder, robbery and arson charges.
The three men were charged in the killing of four women and one man and setting fire to the restaurant they robbed early in the morning on Oct. 17. The robbery netted $170.
The medical examiner said all of the victims were killed after being stabbed multiple times. The prosecution reported the victims were thrown on the ground, beaten, and were asked for their wallets. The suspects held BB guns over the victims as they were stabbed to death.
Denver Detective Mark Crider testified the three men decided to move forward with the robbery because Hill needed money for an unrelated court case.
The victims were later identified as the bar's owner, Young Fero, 63; Daria M. Pohl, 22; Kellene Fallon, 45; Ross Richter, 29; and Tereasa Beesley, 45.
A judge heard evidence on whether the three men should stand trial in the stabbing deaths and decided in March to move the case to trial.
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