GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to killing a western Colorado sheriff's deputy in 2016.
Twenty-year-old Austin Holzer pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer.
The Daily Sentinel reports that the plea came a week into jury selection for his trial.
Holzer also pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and a sentence-enhancing crime of violence charge. He also agreed to a 70 year prison sentence under the deal with prosecutors.
Holzer was close to turning 18 when Geer was killed and was charged as an adult.