Daniel Copple was found guilty early Thursday afternoon on two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault.
The jury returned the verdicts at 1:35 p.m. after nearly two hours of delibertaion.
With public defender Steve Wallace at his side, Copple sat stone faced as he learned of his fate.
Judge Jim Kitchens ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and Copple was taken into custody.
The investigation took approximately 30 minutes and when Copple returned the courtroom, Kitchens gave him an opportunity to speak.
Turning to address the gathered audience of Caudill and Mann’s fmaily and friends, Copple said:
“I know this has been a difficult time for everybody. I never had intensions of hurting anyone…I’m not really sure what happened.”
Copple began to choke up as he continued, saying “From the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”
The results of the presentencing investigation found Copple to have been convicted of two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in Colorado and, according to Copple “Many, many more.” Copple was also found to have a lengthy history of cocaine, meth and alcohol abuse.
Addressing Copple, Kitchens said, perhaps history has been some sort of a hint. I don’t know, I don’t know if we’ll ever know.”
Both charges of murder carry a mandatory life sentence. The charge of aggravated assault against then-bartender, Mike Ward, carries a maximum of 20 years.
Kitchens sentenced Copple to two life sentences to run consecutive for the murders. He then sentenced Copple to 15 years for the assault charge which will also run consecutive.