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Polis signs death penalty repeal, what’s next

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DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) -- Governor Jared Polis granted clemency to the three men on death row when he signed the death penalty repeal into law Monday. These three men now have life sentences: Robert Ray, Sir Mario Owens and Nathan Dunlap.

All three were prosecuted in the 18th Judicial District and drew a response from George Brauchler, the district attorney in the district.

"This governor has never reached out to me or any member of the prosecution team, all of whom are still in the area, for any comments, consultation, or input of any kind before rescuing these heinous, cold-blooded murderers from their earned sentences," said Brauchler.

The clemency comes just days after the pivotal discovery of a boy's body in Florida believed to be Gannon Stauch.

Prosecutors announced they have filed new charges against Letecia Stauch, Gannon's stepmother, including 'first-degree murder with deliberation.'

At a news conference, lead prosecutor Michael Allen said he wasn't ruling out a potential death-penalty bid against Stauch.

He said his office is evaluating whether the case is eligible for a capitol trial and whether prosecutors will pursue one.

Now that Polis has signed the death penalty repeal into law, we've reached out to the 4th Judicial District for comment. It's said it will not address the press until the next court date.

The last man to be executed in Colorado was convicted murderer and rapist Gary Lee Davis, who was put to death by lethal injection in 1997.

Colorado Springs / Crime / Local News / State & Regional News

Alexis Dominguez

Alexis is a reporter for KRDO and Telemundo Surco. Learn more about Alexis here.



  1. Well, now without fear of death, Nathan Dunlop want-a-he’s can go and kill in cold blood without fear of a proper sentence. Pollass made another bad decision.

  2. When the death penalty was brought up for a vote of the people several years ago, the people voted to keep the death penalty. Pollsitter and his husband will be in the governors mansion for only four years.

  3. This is what happens when a State legislature loses balance. If an issue fails with a general vote and zips through an unbalanced legislature, it’s pretty obvious that the actual will of the populace is being ignored. This goes for any legislative house or chamber that has no room for balance at any level.

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