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Montrose man sentenced 48 years after shooting woman, thought it was his father

Posted at 1:19 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 15:19:56-05

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — A 20-year-old Colorado man has been sentenced 48 years in prison for the 2017 shooting death of a woman.

The Daily Sentinel reports that Joseph A. Saur, of Montrose, was sentenced Monday by Montrose County District Judge Keri Yoder on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Patience R. Stewart, of Olathe.

While under the influence of methamphetamine, Saur initially told police he believed Stewart was his own father when he shot Stewart in a Nov. 5, 2017.

District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller says his office considered Saur's youth, dysfunctional upbringing and evidence he was using meth at the time of the murder in extending a plea agreement on a reduced charge.

Saur initially was charged with first-degree murder in the case.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel,