Man sentenced in Denver bar slayings wants to change plea

DENVER - A man serving life in prison for the stabbing deaths of five people at a Denver bar says his attorneys coerced him into pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/1lfsqBO ) 28-year-old Joseph Hill sent a letter in April to the judge in the case, saying he wanted to withdraw his plea. Hill argued his attorneys misled him about signing a plea deal and he was under extreme duress after they told him prosecutors would seek the death penalty and would likely succeed.

Prosecutors never said they intended to seek the death penalty against Hill.

Hill and his brother, 25-year-old Lynell Hill, were sentenced in January for their roles in the deaths at Fero's Bar and Grill on Oct. 17, 2012. As part of their plea deals, they'll testify against co-defendant Dexter Lewis.

Joseph Hill's letter was released this week.

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