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Man convicted in Boulder County triple homicide again sentenced to life in prison

Judge ruled original sentence void due to administrative error

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Garrett Coughlin

The man convicted in a Coal Creek Canyon triple murder last year was again sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at a resentencing following an administrative error that voided his original sentence.

Garrett Coughlin, 26, was convicted in June on three counts of felony first-degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery in the shooting deaths of Wallace White, Kelly Sloat-White, and Emory Fraker on April 13, 2017, at the Whites’ home in Coal Creek Canyon.

Because the murder counts carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, Coughlin was sentenced by Boulder District Judge Judith LaBuda at the time of the jury verdict on June 17.

However, according to a court document, attorneys discovered during a subsequent hearing to discuss restitution that LaBuda and the attorneys did not discuss restitution or issue any orders on it at the time of the sentencing.

Boulder District Judge Bruce Langer ruled the oversight rendered the sentence illegal, and said a new sentencing hearing would need to be scheduled.

Coughlin, who had been serving his sentence at Crowley County Correctional Facility in Onley Springs, was transported back to Boulder County Jail for a sentencing hearing in Boulder District Court and on Dec. 26, LaBuda again sentenced Coughlin to life in prison on all three murder counts.

Boulder County Chief Trial Deputy Catrina Weigel said that in addition, Couhglin was ordered to pay restitution of $17,109.43 and cost of prosecution in the amount of $10,122.69.

 

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