ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- William Dean Otto, the man convicted in the first-degree murders of two teenagers he said were blackmailing him, was sentenced to two life sentences plus 31 1/2 years Friday.
Otto was convicted Tuesday in the murders of Gustavo "Danny" Espinosa-Gamboa, 16, and Jonathan Gonzalez, 15. He was also convicted on four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Tim McCormack told Judge Thomas Ensor the evidence against was “staggering. While this court and this courthouse have undoubtedly seen the worst of man’s inhumanity to man, it is difficult to conceive of a more vile, deliberate and intentional murder than those committed in this case.”
Ensor imposed the maximum consecutive sentences on all of the charges, saying the "two boys were slaughtered" because "they learned the dark secrets you held and were willing to defend at all costs." Both teenagers were shot execution-style at point-blank range.