- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) - A 44-year-old man has been convicted of killing two teenage boys and burying their bodies in a shallow grave near the Nebraska border.

A jury returned two first-degree guilty verdicts Tuesday in the case involving William Dean Otto. The Denver Post reports (https://bit.ly/1tLrszm) Otto will be sentenced Friday.

Prosecutors said Otto killed 15-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez and 16-year-old Gustavo “Danny” Espinosa-Gamboa last summer. Prosecutors said the boys had cellphone video of Otto asking to perform a sexual act on one of the teens, and he killed them after a blackmail attempt by the boys.

Defense attorneys argued that Otto killed the boys in self defense after they threatened him with a knife.

The boy’s bodies were found in August in the small farming town of Sedgwick.

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