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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A judge in Arapahoe County sent a 22-year-old man to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday after he murdered another man during an attempted robbery in Aurora.

Steven Earl Johnston killed Jarrell J.J. Rivers  during a robbery two years ago at the outside the Somerset Apartments.

Johnston and a co-conspirator entered the vehicle Rivers was sitting in and demanded his  property. A shoot-out took place that left Johnston’s conspirator and Rivers dead.

A jury found Johnston guilty of First Degree Murder, Attempted Aggravated Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery after a trial that lasted six days.

“I want to talk to you about the lack of accountability and disregard for my son”, J.J’s mother, Rebecca Rivers, told the court during the sentencing hearing. “Impose the maximum sentence on him for the lack of regard he has for human life.”

Judge Gerald Rafferty sentenced Johnston to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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