GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado. – One of the five people in a doomsday group charged in the death of two girls found on a Colorado farm has reached a plea deal that would allow him to go within a year.
Farm owner Frederick “Alec” Blair, the newest member of the group to blame for the girls’ deaths, was charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in death and accessory. He accepted a Thursday deal with the prosecutors, who drops the child abuse charges in exchange for pleading guilty to the accessory charge, The Daily Sentinel reported.
The bodies of the 10-year-old Makayla Roberts-and 8-year-old Hannah Marshall were found on Sept. 8, 2017 at the farm in the near of the south-western part of the community of Norwood, a town of about 500 people about 30 miles (48.2 km) west of the Telluride ski resort town.
The researchers believe that the group’s spiritual leader, Madani Ceus, ordered the girls be kept in a car without food or water for days as the others waited for the apocalypse. She and the mother are each loaded with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse resulting in death. Two other members of the group are each charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in death and one accessory count.
Blair told the researchers that he met the group at a gas station outside of Grand Junction in May, and invited them out of his land, and soon they lived there in tents and cars, according to the court documents.
Ceus’ lawyer declined to comment on the allegations.
A spokeswoman for Colorado’s 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Sherry McKenzie, said that she did not believe that the deal that Blair received is offered to one of the others.
The deal not only contains a recommended sentence so a judge will decide Blair’s punishment on a Sept. 27 hearing.
The accessory charge is punishable by two to six years in prison under normal circumstances. Blair is in custody for almost a year, so that he can qualify for parole within a few months after his conviction when he is sentenced at the bottom of the range.
The others are scheduled to go to trial later this year.
Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com