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Man who killed 5 in Denver bar to be sentenced to life; jurors rejected death penalty


DENVER — A man convicted of stabbing five people to death during a Denver bar robbery that netted $170 will be formally sentenced to life in prison.

Twenty-five-year-old Dexter Lewis was convicted in August of five counts of murder for the October 2012 stabbings. A judge will sentence Lewis on Wednesday.

Lewis' accomplices pleaded guilty to murder and received lengthy sentences.

Relatives of Lewis' victims will have a chance to tell the judge about the crime's impact on their lives. Lewis and his family will also have an opportunity to speak.

A jury refused to sentence Lewis to death, just after a separate jury could not agree on the death penalty for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. The cases raised doubts about whether the death penalty will be imposed anytime soon in Colorado.

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