Scott Kimball's victims

Jennifer Marcum, 25 Marcum was one of the first people Scott Kimball contacted after being released from prison as an FBI informant in 2002. He told the FBI that Marcum, according to his cellmate, was supposed to kill a witness in a drug case. The FBI asked Kimball to keep an eye on the Aurora woman. Marcum, a mother of one and a dancer at Shotgun Willie's in Glendale, disappeared in February 2003. Kimball later told investigators he killed her and left her body in eastern Utah. Her remains have never been found.

LeAnn Emry, 24 Emry was the girlfriend of Scott Kimball's fellow inmate in prison. He contacted her when he was released from prison as an FBI informant. She disappeared from her Centennial home in January 2003. Last March, Scott Kimball led authorities to a canyon near Moab, Utah, where Emry's remains were found.

Kaysi McLeod, 19 Scott Kimball befriended Lori McLeod, and her daughter Kaysi, both of Westminster. He was supposed to drive Kaysi McLeod to her job at a Lafayette Subway in August 2003, but claimed he went hunting instead. She was never seen again. Kimball married Lori McLeod a few weeks later in Las Vegas. Kaysi McLeod's body was found by a hunter in the fall of 2007 in Jackson County.

Terry Kimball, 60 Scott Kimball's uncle came to stay with him and Lori McLeod at their home in Broomfield. One day in August 2004, Terry Kimball vanished. Scott Kimball told McLeod that his uncle had just won the Ohio state lottery and had run off with a stripper to Mexico. Terry Kimball's remains were discovered in June near Vail Pass after Scott Kimball drew them a map. Investigators found large bloodstains belonging to Terry Kimball in the Broomfield home he had visited five years earlier.

Any remaining mystery as to who killed four people who were missing for years lifted Thursday when Boulder native Scott Kimball pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

He was sentenced to 70 years in prison, bringing closure to a case that began with his release from prison nearly seven years ago to act as an FBI informant in a drug case.

Scott Kimball looks up while the charges and sentencing requirements are read during his hearing at the Boulder County Justice Center.
Scott Kimball looks up while the charges and sentencing requirements are read during his hearing at the Boulder County Justice Center. (MARK LEFFINGWELL)

"A serial killer, who was a longtime Boulder County resident, is behind bars for what I hope is the rest of his life," Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said at a news conference after the hearing.

The 43-year-old one-time resident of Lafayette and Broomfield pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He is eligible for parole in 35 years, but prosecutor Katharina Booth said it's unlikely he will gain release from prison during his natural life.

The remains of three of Kimball's victims, who were killed in 2003 and 2004, have been found in remote parts of Utah and Colorado, while the whereabouts of the fourth -- Jennifer Marcum -- are still unknown.

Robert Marcum, the father of victim Jennifer Marcum, holds a photo of LeAnn Emry, another victim of Scott Kimball, while her father, Howard Emry, reads a
Robert Marcum, the father of victim Jennifer Marcum, holds a photo of LeAnn Emry, another victim of Scott Kimball, while her father, Howard Emry, reads a statement to the court Thursday. (Mark Leffingwell)

Kimball, who was brought into court in a wheelchair and wearing a solid red jail uniform, answered Boulder District Judge James Klein's questions clearly and calmly.

The courtroom was packed with victims' family members and media.

As part of the plea deal, Kimball agreed to show authorities where he stashed the remains of his victims in exchange for charges less severe than first-degree murder.

Kimball led investigators earlier this year to the bodies of 24-year-old LeAnn Emry, hidden in a Utah canyon, and his 60-year-old uncle, Terry Kimball, near Vail Pass.

The remains of 19-year-old Kaysi McLeod -- the daughter of his ex-wife -- were discovered by a hunter in Jackson County in late 2007.

From left, Charlene McLeod, Katherine McLeod, Ginger McLeod, Michelle Strick (bottom left) and Samantha McLeod, family members of victim Kaysi McLeod,
From left, Charlene McLeod, Katherine McLeod, Ginger McLeod, Michelle Strick (bottom left) and Samantha McLeod, family members of victim Kaysi McLeod, listen to a recording of Scott Kimball's court hearing at the Boulder County Justice Center on Thursday.

Kimball told officials Marcum, a 25-year-old exotic dancer, was also buried in Utah. Her body has never been found.

Marcum's father, Robert, told the court that Kimball "has destroyed our lives."

"How many other people are missing as a result of his life?" Robert Marcum said. "It's time for Scott to be a man and give back what he took from us."

LeAnn Emry's mother, Darlene, said her daughter was "no more important to him than the carcass of a dead animal."

"He made the deliberate choice to murder, and he made that choice at least four times," she said through tears.

Jennifer Marcum's sister, Tammy, demanded in court that Kimball tell her where her sister's body is so that she could give her a proper Christian burial.

"There is not going to be any place for your soul until you truly repent and you tell me where my sister is," she demanded loudly.

Robert McLeod said his daughter, Kaysi, would have been 26 this year.

"I was present, right there, the very moment that Kaysi took her first breath in this world," he said. "Scott Kimball was there to take her last."

Kimball declined to say anything in court.

But Ed Coet, a self-described spokesman for the defendant, said after the hearing that he had a statement from Kimball. He said Kimball was sorry but laid much of the blame at the FBI's feet for the agency's decision to use him as an informant.

"I do want the families of all the victims, and the public, to know that although I must be held accountable for my crimes, none of this could have occurred, and the victims would not have been killed had the FBI not driven me into the extremely dangerous underworld in which both I and the murdered victims found ourselves," Coet said on Kimball's behalf.

The serial killer, who insisted he did not act alone, claimed he operated a Web cam sex operation in Boulder using female students from the University of Colorado.

Several family members of the victims listening to Coet angrily confronted him, asking him why Kimball continued to lie and deceive everyone even from behind bars.

Coet was eventually led out of the courthouse by sheriff's deputies.

Booth, the prosecutor, called Kimball's claims of being part of an organized criminal enterprise centered on sex and drugs "a lot of nonsense."

The FBI's special agent in charge of the Denver division, Jim Davis, took some heat from reporters after the hearing. He was asked how it was that family members developed suspicions about Kimball's role in the disappearances of the four victims before his agents did.

Davis refused to talk about that part of the case.

Kimball was prosecuted in Boulder County under an agreement by the FBI and the district attorneys of the counties where he murdered and hid bodies. There is no evidence he killed anyone in Boulder County.

He is already serving a 48-year prison sentence for a theft conviction in Boulder County and was sentenced to six years in prison on a federal firearms charge.

Kimball was accused of stealing from a Lafayette optometrist in 2005 and pleaded guilty last December in Boulder County as a habitual offender.