The last suspect accused in the 2011 Hudson murders was sentenced.
Jude Blackburn was given a 20-30 year prison sentence through a plea agreement.
"Jude Blackburn is a juvenile, was a juvenile at the time, and is still a juvenile, made it difficult procedurally, and what is the appropriate disposition?,” said Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett. “What does justice look like specifically for Jude Blackburn's case?”
Victim Eric Likes’ brother was not happy with the sentence and spoke in court expressing his frustrations. Blackburn apologized to the court and the victim's family and said he wishes he could take it back. Judge Norman Young and Bennett both say they took every fact into consideration, including things such as age, evaluation, and recommendations from the United States Supreme Court on how to treat juveniles.
A fire November 17 at a Hudson mobile home was initially thought to have killed Elva Quiver and Eric Likes, but an autopsy revealed the two died of numerous stab wounds before the fire. Investigation revealed the two were robbed and murdered with their home set on fire to conceal evidence. Blackburn was 15 at the time.