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Friday, June 6, 2014

A Couple's Incentive to Murder

CO killers

“Young, stupid and selfish” are words relatives used to described Brendan Johnson, 19, and his girlfriend, Cassandra Rieb, 18.  Police say the couple sneaked into Brendan’s grandparent’s home last month in Sterling, Colorado with the intention of killing Charles and Shirley Severance.  When the couple came into the home they were surprised to see Charles Severance awake, and proceeded to fight him.  When Brendan and Cassandra found Shirley Severance she asked them, “Why are you doing this to me?”  Brendan first stabbed his grandmother, and then choked her to death.

According to court documents, Brendan said the plan was devised to hasten his inheritance.  On Wednesday, a judge advised the teens of possible charges, which could include first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, forgery and theft. 

See The Associated Press, Colorado Grandparents Put Up A Fight As Grandson, Girlfriend Strangled, Stabbed Them For InheritanceNola.com, June 5, 2014.


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