Killer to Serve 60 Years in Prison

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A judge refused today to reduce the 60-year prison sentence of a teen convicted of killing his teenage best friend on New Year's Eve 2000.

Isaac Grimes, now 20, did not contest prosecutors' attempts to let his original sentence stand for slashing the throat of 15-year-old Tony Dutcher at his grandparents' home in Park County.

Grimes, representing himself during the sentence reconsideration hearing, said he was not asking for a reduction.

Dutcher's mother, Jennifer Vandresar, had written a letter urging the judge to reduce the sentence.

Vandresar is serving a prison sentence of her own for vehicular homicide in a drunken driving case. She has said her drinking was prompted by her son's death.

Dutcher's grandparents Carl and Joanna Dutcher were killed the same night as their grandson by Jonathan Matheny, whose sentence was scheduled to be reconsidered Friday.

Matheny and Grimes participated in what was described as a paramilitary club led by classmate Simon Sue at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs.

Sue also was sentenced for his role in the triple homicide.

Grimes originally had his sentence reduced by 10 years, but that reduction was reversed on a technicality last year, leading to the hearing today.