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William Dean Otto gets two life sentences plus 31 years for teenager murders

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By The Staff

BRIGHTON — The Adams County man who killed two teenagers and hid their bodies in Sedgwick in August 2013 will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

William Dean Otto, 44, was sentenced to two life sentences and 31 years Friday, May 30, in Adams County District Court, three days after jurors returned a guilty verdict on two counts of first-degree murder, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one county of tampering with evidence and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

Throughout the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Otto’s home in unincorporated Adams County was often the site of teenagers and other young people gathering, and that Otto would give them marijuana and alcoholic beverages.

Two young men — Gustavo Espinosa-Gamboa and Jonathan Gonzalez — were killed by Otto on Aug. 9, 2013, after they went to Otto’s home to confront him about a video in which Otto had propositioned one of them for sex, prompting a physical fight that ended with Otto shooting both Espinosa-Gamboa and Gonzalez in the head, execution-style, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Tim McCormack.

Evidence presented in the trial showed Otto later bought cleaning supplies to cover up the bloody carpeting following the shootings and loaded the bodies into his truck, at which point he drove to Sedgwick to bury the bodies and burn evidence at his family’s farm.

Otto later called his employer to confess, and eventually turned himself in to Adams County law enforcement on Aug. 10, 2013.