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Man who killed Colorado deputy gets 70 years in prison

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GRAND JUNCTION (AP) -

A man who killed a western Colorado sheriff's deputy while trying to evade arrest has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.
  
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports 20-year-old Austin Holzer was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the February 2016 death of Mesa County sheriff's deputy Derek Geer.
  
Holzer, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, also pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and a sentence-enhancing crime of violence charge as part of a deal with prosecutors. He was charged as an adult.
  
Geer's widow, the recently re-married Kate Geer-Armsby, said during the sentencing hearing, "I pray that he never sets foot outside prison alive, and I'm not sorry for it."
  
Holzer apologized to Geer's family.

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