Brian Cohee II sentenced to life without parole

The killer of Warren Barnes will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 10:50 AM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Brian Cohee II, the now-convicted killer of 69-year-old Grand Junction man Warren Barnes, has been sentenced.

Cohee was convicted Friday, Feb. 3, and sentenced Monday morning.

The KJCT crew in the courtroom reported that the jury rendered guilty counts of first degree murder on Friday, bringing with it a mandatory life sentence for the 21-year-old.

Cohee was also found guilty of two counts of tampering with a dead body, and of tampering with evidence.

Barnes’ family members were present in the courtroom as the verdict was read. Observers say they saw Cohee smiling and relaxed before the verdict was returned.

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