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BENSON MURDER: Larson sentencing Oct. 18

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:00 am

Jonathon Shacat

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 A man who allegedly murdered a woman in Benson last year is now scheduled for sentencing in two weeks in Cochise County Superior Court.

Jarod Michael Larson, 24, was charged with first-degree murder of Devvra Alesya Keyes and abandonment or concealment of her dead body on Sept. 7, 2010.

He pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to the murder count, and the abandonment count was dismissed. He will avoid the possibility of the death penalty as a result of the plea deal.

He could serve either natural life in prison without any eligibility for release, or he could serve life in prison with the possibility for parole after 25 years.

Larson was scheduled for sentencing on Thursday, but that date was re-scheduled for Oct. 18 in Division 3 court before Judge Wallace Hoggatt.

Co-defendant Robert Eugene Sappington, 38, is charged with first-degree murder of Keyes and abandonment or concealment of her body. He is scheduled for trial early next year and he is facing the possibility of the death penalty.

Keyes’ body was found in February of 2011 at the bottom of a sewer system manhole located off of El Paso Lane near Ocotillo Road in Benson.

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