Triple murderer sentenced to life in prison

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DENVER — A man who killed three people and left them in a burning home in the rural town of Rye, Colo., will serve three consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder.

In making the plea deal on Thursday, Harry Mapps, 60, avoided the death penalty.

Mapps  was captured in December at a motel near Interstate 40 in Roland, Okla. He was wanted by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office on a nationwide warrant for murder and felony charges of theft, identity theft, forgery, and arson.

Police began looking for Mapps after a Thanksgiving week fire at a home off Highway 165. Firefighters called it “dynamic” and took several hours to put it down. It even flared up again the following morning, firefighters said.

On Thanksgiving Day, police recovered three bodies from inside the home. It was determined that they had been shot. The victims were identified as Reginald Tuttle, 51, Kim Tuttle, 55, and their daughter Dawn Roderick, 33.