No death penalty in murder-for-hire plot

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – The two remaining defendants in a Douglas County murder-for-hire plot pleaded guilty Thursday in exchange for life in prison without parole.

Christopher Wells, 50, and Josiah Sher, 27, could have faced the death penalty if their cases went to trial.

Instead, each pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder in the February 2011 slaying of Amara Wells, Christopher Wells’ estranged wife, and her brother-in-law, Bob Rafferty.

Both were found shot, stabbed and burned inside Rafferty’s home in Keene Ranch.

The other defendants, Matthew Plake and Micah Woody, recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and each will spend 48 years in prison.

In an interview with the lead investigator, Sher allegedly confessed to the crimes and claims Micah Woody hired him for $20,000 on behalf of Christopher Wells.

All of the defendants worked together at Rocky Mountain Auto Brokers in Colorado Springs.

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