A homicide defendant accused of cutting up a body and putting the remains in two suitcases has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Benjamin Satterthwaite, 29, entered a guilty plea for the death of 33-year-old Joshua Lockard, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Satterthwaite was arrested in January on suspicion of first-degree murder in the grisly case involving human remains being found in two suitcases along a trail in southwest Denver in the 1700 block of South Java Way.

The DA’s office on Thursday announced the plea agreement, which stipulates a sentence of between 25 and 30 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

“We thank Mr. Lockard’s family for supporting our decision to accept Mr. Satterwhaite’s guilty plea,” said District Attorney Beth McCann in the release. “This was a horrific murder; however, the cause of Mr. Lockard’s death was never determined which makes his guilty plea and potential sentence length an appropriate outcome.”

Satterthwaite is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12.

 

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