- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A man charged in connection with a fatal beating in western Colorado has been sentenced to 54 years in prison.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://goo.gl/98PPPL ) 36-year-old Christopher Jompp was acquitted in December of second-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old John Hage, but was convicted of third-degree assault, robbery and escape, as well as sentence-enhancing habitual criminal counts.

Jompp was sentenced Monday.

He and a co-defendant, Christina Padilla, were arrested days after Hage was found unconscious and badly beaten in Grand Junction on Oct. 29, 2013. Hage, who had been robbed of his cellphone and cash, died of his injuries Dec. 1, 2013.

Padilla pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to four years in Mesa County Community Corrections.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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