Johnson Sentenced on 2nd Degree Murder Charge

Seal of the 14th District Attorney

BRETT D. BARKEY

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

14th Judicial District

Serving Grand, Moffat and Routt Counties

PRESS RELEASE:

For Immediate Release

June 8, 2016

CONTACT

Donna Zulian

Communications Director

(970) 824-7041

(970) 629-0485

dzulian@14da.org

“LUCAS JOHNSON SENTENCED TO 35 YEARS PRISON FOR SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AND ATTEMPTED ESCAPE”

Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Today, pursuant to a plea agreement, Lucas Johnson was sentenced by Routt County District Court Judge Shelley A. Hill to 35 years in prison. He had earlier pleaded guilty to (1) Murder in the Second-Degree, and (2) Attempted Escape. Mr. Johnson will be transferred to the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Mr. Johnson was convicted of killing local resident Edward Zimmerman and attempting to escape from the Routt County Jail

District Attorney Brett D. Barkey said, “Mr. Johnson took the unusual step of coming forward and describing the circumstances surrounding the murder and accepting responsibility for his crimes. We consequently reached a compromise in order to provide the closure and finality desired by Mr. Zimmerman’s family. I hope this resolution brings the family some measure of peace.”

Mr. Barkey continued, “I want to thank the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, and our other partners in law enforcement who worked so hard on this case and helped bring it to a just resolution.”

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