- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

DENVER (AP) - A Denver man has been sentenced to 96 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend’s friend in Littleton in 2014.

The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/w2F6TT ) 33-year-old Joshua Robert Hoppe was sentenced Monday for the Aug. 13, 2014, shooting death of 55-year-old James Barnes.

Investigators say Hoppe repeatedly threatened Barnes in the weeks before the shooting, including sending him more than 20 threatening messages in the 24 hours before the fatal confrontation. Hoppe shot Barnes in the chest with a sawed-off rifle and later said he was acting in self-defense.

Prosecutors say Hoppe was angry with Barnes because of his connection to Hoppe’s ex-girlfriend.

A jury convicted Hoppe on Sept. 4 of second-degree murder and possession of a dangerous weapon. The judge also ruled that Hoppe is a habitual criminal.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com


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