May 1, 2014 10:27 PM by Rob Quirk
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, tonight, reacted to the plea today by Harry Mapps, to three counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Reginald and Kim Tuttle, and their daughter, Dawn Roderick, in their Rye home last November. Mapps was immediately sentenced to three consecutive life sentences. The three victims were shot to death while they slept in their home, and then the home set on fire to cover the crime. Mapps was the focus of a nationwide manhunt, finally arrested in Oklahoma. He was facing multiple counts, including murder, arson, theft and forgery before he entered the plea.
Tonight on News5 at 10, Kelsy Kennedy talks with one of the best friends of Dawn Roderick about the plea, to avoid a possible death sentence.
Here is the statement from the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.
"Homicide cases are tragic for everyone involved but a successful prosecution can give people resolution. For that to happen there must be three components working closely together. It is the efforts of the District Attorney, the Coroner, and Law Enforcement that make the foundation for a successful outcome, outcomes like today's guilty plea. In this case it was also citizen tips and federal partnerships that brought Harry Mapps to justice. Our biggest hope is that the Tuttle family, the many friends of the victims, and the community of Rye can now have the closure they need."
-Sheriff Kirk Taylor