Man Pleads Guilty To Accessory To Murder, Avoids Trial

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email
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One of the men responsible for burying a man in a shallow grave west of Pueblo has pleaded guilty to his part in the cover-up of the murder.

Eloy Varos, 30, waited until the last minute to accept a plea agreement that will keep him from having to face a jury. Jury selection for his trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday morning but was canceled after he changed his plea Monday.

Varos was indicted by a grand jury on two charges, the first was possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. The second was as an accessory to the murder of 30-year-old Brian Swartz.

Swartz was the common-law husband of Varos' girlfriend Sonia Mitchell. Mitchell allegedly asked Varos and another man to dispose of Swartz's body. Investigators say, Mitchell bludgeoned Swartz's face with a heavy weight or dumbbell, then stabbed him several times.

Swartz was missing for several weeks before a hunter found the shallow grave where his remains were left. The grave was west of Pueblo near Wetmore. Investigators were able to identify the body through fingerprints.

Because Varos has no criminal history, the maximum sentence he can receive as part of the deal is two years in prison. The other man tasked with disposing Swartz's body, Perry Lohnes, also pleaded guilty and is serving a three-year sentence for his involvement.

According to the Pueblo District Attorney's office, Sonia Mitchell has not been arraigned on the first degree murder charge because her defense attorney has requested to review the grand jury material.

Varos will be sentenced in early October.

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