DENVER — Two men responsible for a Denver double-murder that took place in May 2012 were sentenced to prison Friday.
Marquise Davis, 24, pleaded guilty to three felony charges, including two counts of second-degree murder and one count of retaliation against a witness in August. Denzel Richardson, 21, pleaded guilty earlier to two felony counts of second-degree murder.
The charges were filed against both Davis and Richardson less than two weeks after May 25, when authorities said the pair went to the area of Bruce Randolph Avenue and York Street and opened fire into a group of people standing on the sidewalk.
Justin O’Donnell and Deon Rudd were killed in the attack. Two other men were wounded.
The case drew publicity and an outcry from the because O’Donnell’s body was left in public view for a number of hours while police investigated the broad-daylight shooting.
Rudd was a father of five and O’Donnell worked with him at a nearby medical marijuana dispensary. Both victims’ families say neither one had any affiliation with gangs.
Authorities said Davis apologized to the victims’ family members before he was sentenced to 64 years in prison as part of the negotiated guilty plea. Richardson declined to make a statement before being sentenced to 60 years in prison Friday.