A Colorado farm owner, and alleged member of a doomsday cult, pleaded guilty on Friday to being involved in the September deaths of two young girls, as reported by KDVR.
Frederick “Alec” Blair pleaded guilty to an accessory charge as part of a plea deal to drop more severe charges, which included child abuse.
Makayla Roberts, 10, and Hannah Marshall, 8, died after being left in a locked car without food and water for several days in September.
Forensic pathologist Michael Benziger testified in January that the two girls likely died from dehydration and malnourishment, along with hypothermia, as previously reported by KDVR.
Blair belonged to a doomsday cult operated on the grounds of his farm. There will be trials later in the year for four other people allegedly involved in the deaths of Roberts and Marshall, including the cult’s leader, Madani Ceus, and the girls’ mother, Nashika Bramble. They face a multitude of charges, including criminally negligent homicide and felony child abuse.
“In my thirty-seven years as Sheriff, I have never seen anything as cruel and heartless as this,” Sheriff Bill Masters said during a press conference, as previously reported by CrimeOnline.
The farm owner has yet to be sentenced, with a hearing expected in the next several months, according to The Daily Sentinel. He is still being held in jail, with a bond set $125,000. He could reportedly be eligible for parole in a matter of months due to the nature of the plea deal.
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