DENVER — Two brothers who murdered five people at a Denver bar and grill and then set the restaurant on fire to cover up their crime were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences Friday.
Joseph Hill received five life sentences while his brother, Lynell Hill, received a 70-year prison sentence.
The murders happened in 2012 at Fero’s Bar and Grill on Colorado Boulevard.
Both men pleaded guilty to charges last year in a plea agreement that required them to testify against their accomplice, Dexter Lewis.
Lewis is accused of leading the bloody attack. Prosecutors have said they want to pursue the death penalty against him.
“I’ve been in the Denver DA’s Office for 30 years and I’ve never seen a case where there were five people killed at the hand of one individual,” said Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey during the sentencing hearing.
Police said the three tried to rob the restaurant.
Prosecutors also said they only got away with about $170 in cash before going to a nearby gas station to get the fuel to torch the bar.
The five victims included bar owner Young Suk Fero, 63; Daria M. Pohl, 21; Kellene Fallon, 44; Tereasa Beesley, 45; Ross Richter, 29.