Bebb-Jones to be sentenced today |

Bebb-Jones to be sentenced today

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Marcus Bebb-Jones, the British professional gambler who in February pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, will be sentenced today in the closest thing to an “international media circus” that this community is likely to see.

According to court personnel, they have been contacted by reporters from British print and television news organizations, including the cable channel BBC-America and the Times of London, concerning coverage of the sentencing.

Bebb-Jones, 49, admitted on Feb. 18 to second degree murder over the killing his Vietnamese-born wife, Sabrina Bebb-Jones, in “the heat of passion” in 1997. After killing her, he dumped her body on Douglas Pass in a remote section of western Garfield County. The two were living in and operating a small hotel in Grand Junction at the time.

Marcus Bebb-Jones, who went to Las Vegas, Nev., around the time of the murder, afterward left for England with the couple’s young son in tow. A rancher searching for stray cattle on horseback in 2004 found what turned out to be Sabrina Bebb-Jones’ skull just off Douglas Pass, triggering a murder investigation that ended with Bebb-Jones’ arrest in England and extradition to the U.S.

As part of the extradition agreement, local prosecutors agreed to not seek the death penalty against Bebb-Jones.

He is to be sentenced by District Judge Daniel Petre in a hearing scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Garfield County Courthouse.

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