Ex-Colo. hotel owner from England sentenced in wife's death

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - A former Grand Junction hotel owner who became a professional gambler in England has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over his wife's death, with credit for time served.

Marcus Bebb-Jones pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder in the heat of passion. The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/12XR4Mw ) that before he was sentenced Wednesday in Glenwood Springs, Bebb-Jones said he didn't intentionally kill his Vietnamese-born wife, Sabrina Bebb-Jones,  but that what he did was wrong.

The couple owned and ran the Melrose Hotel in Grand Junction at the time.

Sabrina Bebb-Jones disappeared in 1997. A Garfield County rancher found her skull in 2004 along Douglas Pass, Highway 139, northeast of Grand Junction.

Marcus Bebb-Jones later was arrested by British police and was extradited to face charges.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario issued a written statement Wednesday saying the plea deal that let Bebb-Jones avoid a first-degree murder charge also let him "skate" a life sentence.

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