21-year-old man gets 40 years for stabbing friend to death in Strasburg

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for stabbing another man to death in July, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Jeremiah Pepper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Andrew Martinez.

Pepper stabbed Martinez near Pepper’s car on Aug. 10, 2016, the district attorney’s office said.

The two were friends and had been co-workers at a fast-food restaurant, according to the district attorney’s office.

Martinez had slept overnight in Pepper’s car and they got into an argument when Pepper went to his car in the morning.

“It was a simple argument and should not have resulted in the death of a young man with his life ahead of him,” senior deputy district attorney Cori Alcock said.

She asked for the maximum sentence and Arapahoe District Judge Phillip Douglass agreed.

“What’s clear to me is that this was a young man who could not control his anger,” Douglass said. “This is the most serious offense there can be — a life was taken. … You committed a heinous crime.”