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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A Rifle man appeared in a Mesa County Courtroom Friday and was sentenced to 48 years in prison – the maximum allowed under the terms of a plea agreement struck in June.

Kenneth Wright, 44, admitted and pleaded guilty to the beating death of a DeBeque rancher on Aug. 2, 2009.

Wright said he hit Steven Burdick, 52, in the head several times with a wooden handle of a sledgehammer.



Wright said he snapped after Burdick allegedly made comments about Wright’s wife. Wright was living with Burdick and was doing odd jobs at Burdick’s ranch.

Garfield County Crime Stoppers is searching for any information related to thefts at several well pads in western Garfield County.



Over the past three months, several well pads have been burglarized for their batteries, solar panels and other items.

Six known thefts took place in the areas west of Rifle and Parachute and along County Road 215 between mid-May and the final week of July.

The following pictures were taken at a well pad on July 11, 2010, at approximately 2:30 p.m. People with any information are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 970-945-0101 or by visiting http://www.garcocrimestoppers.com.

Remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 by calling and clicking “Report a Tip” tab.


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