Ostrem pleads guilty in 2017 Wal-Mart shooting, murder of three

Staff Report
Posted 10/10/18

The man accused of killing three in a Thornton Wal-Mart pleaded guilty, according to the District Attorney's office.District Attorney Dave Young said Scott Ostrem faces three life prison sentences …

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Ostrem pleads guilty in 2017 Wal-Mart shooting, murder of three

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The man accused of killing three in a Thornton Wal-Mart pleaded guilty, according to the District Attorney's office.
District Attorney Dave Young said Scott Ostrem faces three life prison sentences with no possibility of parole. He's scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Adams County District Court in Brighton
Ostrem is accused of walking into the Wal-Mart on Nov. 1, 2017, taking a handgun from his pocket and firing at the shoppers, many of whom were waiting in the store's checkout line.
In a statement issued via Facebook on Oct. 10, Young said pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation and one count of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting.
Three people were killed in the shooting; 66-year-old Carlos Moreno, of Thornton, 26-year-old Victor Vasquez of Denver and Pamela Marques, 52, of Denver.
Then, according to police, Ostrem walked back out of the store, got into his car and drove away.
The trial was delayed for several months in January while Ostrem's mental fitness to stand trial was reviewed at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. He was deemed competent to stand trial in April.
Young said that Ostrem pleaded guilty ”to avoid the maximum penalty for first-degree murder in Colorado of the death penalty.”
Young said he was in the process of making the decision of whether to seek the death penalty and consulting with families when defense attorneys said Ostrem was willing to plead guilty to three counts of first-degree murder with a sentence of life in prison without parole. Young said he consulted with the families of the three murder victims as well as many of the other victims in making the decision to accept the plea.

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