One of two men convicted of robbing and killing...

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- One of two men convicted of robbing and killing a Canadian teen-ager nearly three years ago has been sentenced to 24-26 years in prison, the maximum allowed under a plea-bargaining agreement.

Raymond Walter Hatch, 34, had been charged with first-degree murder in the July 1978 death of Eric Chester Wilson, 19.


Wilson's body was found near Cameo in Mesa County.

At a Feb. 2 hearing, Hatch pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. District Attorney Terry Farina said although Hatch would be eligible for parole in 11 years, it was 'very unlikely' the man would be freed at that time.

Bertram Davis, Hatch's accomplice in the crime, already was serving 10-20 years in the State Prison at Canon City in connection with Wilson's death. The men robbed and killed Wilson after he picked them up while they were hitchhiking.

A crew from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was in Grand Junction Friday to film the sentencing. A spokesman said a 90-minute documentary was being prepared on the death of Wilson, a member of a wealthy Canadian family.

Hatch's sentencing hearing was scheduled Friday morning, but was delayed until the afternoon after he got into a fight with a deputy trying to put him in leg-irons.


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