Two sentenced to 31 years for role in fatal Colorado Springs drug robbery

By Lance Benzel Published: January 9, 2014 | 6:50 pm

Two of three men who pleaded guilty last year to participating in a fatal drug robbery in downtown Colorado Springs learned their fates on Thursday.

Swayde Monroe Jones, 35, of Delta, and Christopher Ryan Dickerson, 26, of Montrose, were each sentenced to 31 years in prison in the March 15 shooting of James Klinger.

Authorities say Klinger was dealing methamphetamine at the Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St., when a drug heist plotted by three men took a violent turn.

The shooter, Michael David Brown, 28, was sentenced in December to 65 years in prison. Dickerson and Jones had each faced 20-35 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery for their roles in the botched heist.

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